Fukui City Superintendent Criticizes Government
On March 4th, in a city council general interpellation in Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, Yuuji Yoshikawa, the superintendent of schools, criticized the government’s response in requesting a simultaneous temporary school closure as a way to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), “There should have been a call to suspend businesses, positioning guardians into a system where they can take a break, and then move to suspend schools. The sequencing was wrong.”
The statement was made towards Fumiha Yamada, a member of the Japanese Communist Party.
“The request for school closures was sudden. There should have been a fixed preparatory phase for institutions such as after-school children clubs, and for the guardians,” said superintendent Yoshikawa in a statement to Fukui Shimbun.
Within the prefecture, the Board of Education in 12 towns and cities implemented the school closures from March 2nd, in line with the government request. The Board of Education in 3 other towns and cities, including Fukui City, implemented the closures from the afternoon of March 2nd, while Mihama Town and Wakasa Town’s school closures began from March 3rd.
Supporting Tokyo 2020, Developed by Fukui Companies
On March 7th, the 2020 Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced that the “G-SATELLITE” mini-satellite has been completed; the project was in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and University of Tokyo, to launch miniature models from the anime series “Mobile Suit GUNDAM” into space.
The G-SATELLITE was developed in collaboration between Fukui Prefecture, companies within Fukui Prefecture, and the University of Tokyo. SEIREN (Fukui City), Sabae Seiki (Echizen Town), and Harue Denshi (Sakai City) handled the planning and manufacturing.
From Cape Canaveral, Florida, the satellite was loaded onto a cargo spacecraft and launched towards the International Space Station (ISS) in the evening of March 6th. It will arrive on March 9th, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time.
The satellite, with the models and electric bulletin board, will be ejected from the ISS during the last part of April; the bulletin board will then display messages of support for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photos taken by the organising committee will be posted on social media.
Astronaut Norishige Kanai commented, “I’m looking forward to the taste the glory of victory (of the satellite launch) along with everyone who has been providing support.”