11/8 Galaxy News: Japan Inc. Still Seeing Uneven Recovery from Pandemic As Services Lag; JASDF Expands Fighter Base To Remote Islands To Defend Senkaku Islands

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1.Prime Minister Kishida Inspects Joint Disaster Prevention Drills in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area

NHK reported on Nov 7, Prime Minister Kishida visited Yokohama City by helicopter from the Prime Minister’s Office and observed a joint disaster drill conducted by nine municipalities in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Kanagawa Prefecture, based on the assumption that an 8.1 magnitude earthquake had struck Sagami Bay. He participated in the initial fire extinguishing training and received explanations on how to supply electricity from an electric vehicle in a power outage. “Preparation for disasters such as the Tokyo metropolitan area earthquake and Nankai Trough earthquake. We must take even more steadily.” He stated that he would continue to take all possible measures against disasters.

2.Japan Inc. Still Seeing Uneven Recovery from Pandemic as Services Lag

Kyodo reported on Nov 7, while both ANA and its domestic rival Japan Airlines Co. are expected to see their earnings improve from a year earlier when travel demand evaporated amid the pandemic, they still forecast losses of 100 billion yen and 146 billion yen, respectively, in the business year to March. Without running to layoffs, both will let their workforces shrink through retirement and curb new hiring to cut fixed costs. In addition, the expected resumption of a government subsidy program to spur local tourism in Japan is set to serve as a plus for the transport and tourism sectors.

3.JASDF Expands Fighter Base to Remote Islands to Defend Senkaku Islands

Sankei reported on Nov 7, JASDF (Japan Air Self-defense Force) is considering a plan to use a civilian airport on a remote island as an operational base for fighter jets and other aircraft in case of a contingency with CCP in the Senkaku Islands and other southwestern islands. Currently, Air Self-Defense Force has only one fighter operating base in the southwestern islands, which stretch from southern Kyushu to eastern Taiwan, namely Naha Airport on Okinawa Island. If a missile attack by the CCP destroys the runway at Naha Airport, the southwestern islands will lose their base of operations for their air force. Therefore, the plan to expand the base of operations is conceived as a replacement for Naha Airport with an airport on a remote island in Okinawa Prefecture.

4.Railroad Hasten to Take Measures to Prevent Train Attack

Jiji reported on Nov 7; In August, ten passengers had attacked board an Odakyu train. Railroads and bus companies are hurrying to take measures such as strengthening patrols in-trains and expanding security equipment. However, there are still many issues to be addressed to ensure the safety of passengers, such as the effectiveness of baggage inspections. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) revised the ministerial ordinance to allow station staff to inspect passengers’ baggage from July. However, some officers pointed out that it is practically difficult to conduct. For example, a bus company officials said, “With only one driver on board, inspections are complex.

5.Japan, 162 new cases nationwide, 21 in Tokyo

Jiji reported on November 7, 162 new cases of CCP virus were confirmed on the 7th. There have been no recent deaths reported on August 2, last year. The number of people with severe symptoms was 100, the same as the day before. The total death toll in Japan is 18,321. The number was first confirmed in February last year, increased with the “4th wave” this spring, and surpassed 10,000 in April. In Tokyo, 21 new infections have been confirmed. This is one less than the previous Sunday and the 11th consecutive day that the number of cases has been below 30.

6.Prime Minister Kishida’s First Visit to the U.S.

Kyodo reported on Nov 7, after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed to hold formal talks at an early date during their first meeting in the U.K., the Japanese and U.S. governments have begun to adjust the schedule for the prime minister’s first visit to the U.S. The Japanese side has expressed its desire to visit the U.S. in November, considering the Diet schedule. However, it is unclear whether he will be able to see the U.S. in November. The U.S. administration is struggling with the ruling party’s infighting over a significant spending bill, and some believe it has little time to devote to diplomacy.

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