Steady Construction Work Towards Opening in Three Years

Steady Construction Work Towards Opening in Three Years

Hokuriku Shinkansen Track Construction Has Begun

With the opening of the Kanazawa-Tsuruga extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line approaching in three years, the construction site within Fukui City has begun a full-scale operation on installing the Shinkansen rail lines.

Up until recently, along the elevated bridge within Fukui City’s Takayanagi district, approximately one kilometre of rail has been temporarily put in place using cranes and manpower; but from April 7th, a specialized machine will be used to set the rails. The machine, specially built by Nippon Steel’s Kyushu Steel Works (located in Fukuoka Prefecture), can extend a rail of 200 metres.

On April 7th, approximately 30 metres of track was set. According to the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency, which is responsible for the construction of the Shinkansen railway, a full-scale operation on rail installation between Kanazawa and Tsuruga will begin from April, with the railway being extended by 600 metres each day.

Within Fukui Prefecture, the Hokuriku Shinkansen line between Awara City and Tsuruga City is approximately 75 kilometres, with track installation scheduled to finish by spring 2022.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127842&page=1

Collaboration Between Final Fantasy and Sabae City

Collaboration Between Final Fantasy and Sabae City

Eyeglass Production

With Sabae City and the world famous video game sharing a label, both sides have collaborated to manufacture eyeglasses.

The eyeglasses have a beautiful contrast between its vivid cobalt blue and dark blue colours. The glasses are modelled after those worn by “Nichol”, a character from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a mobile game that has been downloaded over 40 million times around the world. For this occasion, Sabae City and the famous Final Fantasy game worked in collaboration to produce the eyeglasses.

The product is fully made form titanium. An emblem from the game has also been engraved into the frame. It was produced by Sabae City artisan through over 200 stages. The eyeglasses will be sold from April 25th on the Square Enix e-STORE, and has already begun taking pre-orders.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127797&page=1

Declaration of Medical State of Emergency by the Fukui Medical Association

Declaration of Medical State of Emergency by the Fukui Medical Association

April 6th Announcement, Following the Continuous Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

On April 6th, the Fukui Medical Association declared a “Medical State of Emergency”, with medical care within the prefecture in danger of collapsing, in light of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The association and its chairman, Yukihiko Ikebata, held a conference, raising the issue of the impending shortage of hospital beds at designated infectious disease medical institutions, which could lead to disruptions regarding beds at general hospitals.

The association has recognized the cases in which some medical institutions have closed or restricted medical care upon examining a patient with COVID-19; regardless, the association stressed, “As long as thorough preventative measures are carried out during medical care, the staff will not become a close contact, and thus would not be necessary to close the facility. We wish for the citizens of the prefecture to understand this as well. We hope everyone can work together, and avoid the collapse of medical care.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1062945

Novel Coronavirus, First Doctor Infected within Fukui

Novel Coronavirus, First Doctor Infected within Fukui

Working at the Fukushima Urology Clinic, 24 People in Close Contact

On April 8th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a Fukui City male doctor (in his 80s) has been confirmed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); the doctor is employed at the Fukushima Urology Clinic. In addition to 3 family members who live in the same household, those who had close interactions with the doctor are 18 patients, 4 clinic staff, and 2 doctors.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1064279

COVID-19 Cases in Fukui, Sakai, Sabae, and Eiheiji Town

COVID-19 Cases in Fukui, Sakai, Sabae, and Eiheiji Town

Novel Coronavirus, First Confirmed Case of a Doctor, April 8th

On April 8th, Fukui Prefecture reported a total of 7 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across Fukui City, Sakai City, Sabae City, and Eiheiji Town, being the prefecture’s 66th to 72nd cases; it is also the first time for a doctor (from Fukui City) to be confirmed with the virus. It is also the first for an Eiheiji Town resident to be confirmed with COVID-19.

Brief details of cases #66 through #72 are as follows:

[66] Fukui City female company employee, in her 30s

[67] Eiheiji Town male company employee, in his 50s

[68] Sakai City male company employee, in his 50s

[69] Sabae City unemployed male, in his 80s

[70] Fukui City male company employee, in his 50s

[71] Fukui City male doctor, in his 80s

[72] Sakai City male company executive, in his 60s

In case #71, the doctor works in a hospital where confirmed COVID-19 patients had visited for treatment. All confirmed cases have had some interaction or close contact with someone carrying the virus.

Among the 72 confirmed COVID-19 cases within Fukui Prefecture, a Fukui City male company executive in his 60s (the prefecture’s 23rd case) has experienced worsening symptoms.On April 7th, he entered intensive care and has been put on a ventilator. This brings a total of 6 patients in serious condition, as reported by the prefecture on April 8th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1064236