Abeno Harukas Staff Infected with Novel Coronavirus

Abeno Harukas Staff Infected with Novel Coronavirus

Visit at a Live Venue in Osaka City

On March 3rd, the Kintetsu Housing Management Company (located in the Abeno Ward of Osaka City), which manages condominiums, announced that a staff member working at Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest building, has been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). According to an associate, the staff had visited a live venue in the city, which had multiple positive cases of the virus, including a women in her 40s who was infected, as reported by Osaka Prefecture on March 2nd. In order to protect the staff member’s personal information, the company is keeping further details of the staff undisclosed.

According to the Kintetsu Housing Management Company, the staff reported positive with COVID-19 on March 2nd. Twelve other staff members, who potentially had close interactions with the infected staff, were instructed to stay home for two weeks from March 3rd; the Kintetsu Real Estate Company (located in the Tennouji Ward of Osaka City), which manages Abeno Harukas, carried out disinfection operations in areas including office floors and elevators.

Abeno Harukas already has its observation deck and museum temporarily closed from March 3rd to 15th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1040734

Abura-age Sales Numbers, Fukui City Immovable from Number One Spot in Japan

Abura-age Sales Numbers, Fukui City Immovable from Number One Spot in Japan

2019 Survey, Top for 57 Years in a Row

According to a family finance survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on February 28th, Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City claimed the top spot nationwide for average abura-age and ganmodoki purchases per household in 2019, for the 57th year in a row. The average amount spent was ¥5,245, which is ¥201 lower compared to 2018; however, Fukui City was still able to pull ahead of Ishikawa Prefecture’s Kanazawa City, which held second place with ¥4,462, maintaining its top position.

The survey results distinctly aggregated Fukui Prefecture’s data, and was ranked against fifty-one other prefectural cities and government ordinance cities across the country. Stating in an analysis by the Fukui Prefectural Brand Department, “a primary factor is the custom of eating Houonkou dishes, which is tied to the Jodo-Shinshu sect of Buddhism.”

Fukui City also claimed first place with cutlet purchases (¥4,889) for the third year in a row; the city was also first in tempura and other fried foods (¥7,742), and croquettes (¥3,211), for the second year in a row.

Other products where Fukui City placed first were rice (3rd in 2018), kombu tsukudani (3rd in 2018), yakiniku (3rd in 2018), and potatoes (11th in 2018). As for mochi, yokan, and sembei, Fukui City placed in second.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1038778