Phone Conversation Between Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture Governors, In Case COVID-19 Situation Worsens Within Ishikawa
On May 11th, Fukui Prefecture Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had a phone conversation with Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto, regarding the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Ishikawa Prefecture. In a situation where emergency medical care becomes difficult to manage, Governor Sugimoto expressed the idea of taking in emergency medical patients from Ishikawa Prefecture to be treated at the Fukui Prefectural Hospital.
On May 10th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported its record daily high of 50 new COVID-19 infections. On the same day, resources were further strained with hospital beds designated for COVID-19 patients reaching 81.5% occupancy. During April, the prefecture increased the amount of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by 100, expressing it has affected general medical care.
According to Fukui Prefecture, Governor Tanimoto requested on the phone, “We are currently holding our ground. But in case the situation worsens, we wish for your assistance”. Responding to this, Governor Sugimoto offered support by taking in emergency medical patients.
According to the Fukui Prefecture Regional Medical Department, patients from Ishikawa Prefecture will be transported via ambulance. In the case where the patient is diagnosed with COVID-19, first taking in consideration the hospital bed occupancy within the prefecture and the patient’s symptoms, Fukui Prefecture will provide medical care to the best of its capacity.
JRTT, Construction Bureau Open From April 1st, Including Ishikawa
On March 24th, the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) disclosed that the Hokuriku Shinkansen Construction Bureau, which will function as a control centre for the development of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, will open locations in Fukui City and Tsuruga City within Fukui Prefecture, and in Shin-Komatsu City within Ishikawa Prefecture on April 1st. One location will be within the Fukui Railway Construction Site (Fukui City), and another will be within the Tsuruga City Construction Office (Tsuruga City); the Construction Bureau Chief, Public Relations Department Chief, and Fukui Construction Department Chief will be stationed within Fukui City.
During December 2020, connected to the issue to the increased cost of construction due to delaying the opening of the Kanazawa-Tsuruga Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, the JRTT received an order for an organizational restructuring from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. It was disclosed that restructuring plans were submitted during January, the Osaka Branch Office was closed down, and there is a course to establish a locally-based construction bureau between Fukui and Ishikawa prefectures.
The Construction Chief and Chief of Architecture will be station in Tsuruga City, while the Construction Bureau Vice Chief and the Ishikawa Construction Department Chief will be station in Komatsu City. The system to be arranged will allow the organization to accurately grasp the on-site situation, and quickly convey the information to the headquarters. The Bureau Vice Chief, Chief of General Affairs, and Project Chief will be in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture.
February 13th Report
On February 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported 2 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its cumulative total to 530 cases.
Brief details of each case are as follow:
 Ono City female technical intern (20s)
On February 8th, as a close contact, the woman had a biological sample taken, which showed negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test. On the 11th, she had a sore throat. On the 12th, another biological sample was taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test. She has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.
 Ishikawa Prefecture male company employee (20s)
On February 9th, the man had a runny nose and fatigue. On the 11th, he went to a medical institution for an examination, and to have a biological sample taken. On the 13th, a PCR test showed positive for COVID-19. He had been staying in Sabae City since January 31st.
Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/210213.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1260037
Work to Start on November 9th, Spring 2022 Projected Completion Date
On November 5th, the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) announced that the construction of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Nanetsu Station (provisional name) will begin on November 9th, projecting to be completed by around the spring of 2022. Among the four Shinkansen train stations within Fukui Prefecture, this will be the second to being construction, following Fukui Station.
The full length of Nanetsu Station will be 312 metres, with the main building to have approximately 2,659 square metres, which includes the concourse, waiting rooms, and station staff rooms; the elevated train platforms will measure approximately 9,830 square metres. The design of the station building will have a motif of an Oriental stork flying into Echizen City, to form an image of the beautiful natural environment connecting with the future.
Within Fukui Prefecture, the commencement of construction for the other Shinkansen train stations will be during mid-November for Awara Onsen Station, while adjustments are currently being made for Tsuruga Station. Within Ishikawa Prefecture, construction for Komatsu Station will begin on November 9th.
Mountain’s First Snowfall, 11 Days Sooner Than Previous Year
On October 17th, Mount Haku (with an elevation of 2702 metres), which spans across Fukui and Ishikawa prefectures, saw its first blanket of snow leading towards the upcoming winter season. The snowy peaks would be seen from within Fukui City. According to the Kanazawa Local Meteorological Office, snow has settled on the mountain 11 days sooner than the previous year, although in line with the average year.
On this day, Fukui Prefecture saw clouds and rain due to the low-pressure system and humid atmosphere. According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, with an atmosphere of low resistance towards the incoming cold air, the highest temperatures seen across all 10 observation sites were 3.5⁰C to 7.5⁰C lower than the average year, comparable to November temperatures.
On October 18th, a high-pressure system will cover the areas within Fukui Prefecture. Due to radiative cooling during the early morning, temperatures are predicted to fall below 10⁰C, making for extreme temperature differences throughout the day.