Fukui Prefecture Governor Propose to Receive Ishikawa Prefecture Emergency Care Patients

Fukui Prefecture Governor Propose to Receive Ishikawa Prefecture Emergency Care Patients

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.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1315243

Fukui Prefecture, 40 Centimetres of Snowfall by Evening of January 8th

Fukui Prefecture, 40 Centimetres of Snowfall by Evening of January 8th

Fukui Local Meteorological Office Report, Possible Alert Through the 10th

Within Fukui Prefecture, particularly within the mountainous areas, there is a possibility of heavy snowfall during January 7th through the 10th. The Fukui Local Meteorological Office advises caution of snowstorms and heavy seas from the evening of the 7th, and unsafe driving conditions.

According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, the rapidly developing low-pressure system will continue towards north Japan from January 7th, predicting the winter pressure pattern to grow stronger through until the 9th. A heavy snowfall alert is possible.

In a 24-hour snowfall forecast, there will be heavy snowfall by 6:00 p.m. on January 7th, with Okuetsu accumulating 30 centimetres, and the level ground areas of Reihoku and eastern Reinan accumulating 10 centimetres, with the mountainous areas accumulating 30 centimetres. The level ground areas of western Reinan is predicted to accumulate 2 centimetres, while the mountainous areas to accumulate 10 centimetres. A 24-hour forecast until 6:00 p.m. of the 8th reported level ground areas to accumulate 20~40 centimetres of snow, and the mountainous areas to accumulate 60~80 centimetres.

On January 7th, Sakai City has all its elementary schools end school earlier, and all its junior high schools to suspend club activities. Within Fukui City, multiple junior high schools have also suspended club activities until the 8th.

JR West Kanazawa Branch has suspended a number of Limited Express trains, as well as some regular trains, along the Hokuriku line throughout January 7th. Furthermore, the Keifuku Bus Company has suspended the Ichijodani Asakura Limited Express Bus service, and all highway buses along the Kyoto-Osaka line until the 8th. Operation has also been suspended for all Keifuku Limousine Bus lines for the 7th.

On January 6th, the Kinki Regional Development Bureau reported that due to snow removal operations, there is a possibility for intermittent road closures within 6 areas along National Route 8, between Awara City-Ushinoya and Sakai City-Maruokacho Hasaki. There will be instances where parts of the Hokuriku Expressway will be enforcing tire chain regulations.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1237499

Hokuriku’s Snowfall Forecast for Upcoming Winter, “Average Levels”

Hokuriku’s Snowfall Forecast for Upcoming Winter, “Average Levels”

2020-2021 Season, Meteorological Office’s Three-Month Forecast

On November 25th, the Niigata Local Meteorological Office released its three-month forecast, for December 2020 to February 2021, for the Hokuriku region, with snowfall and temperatures predicted to be “roughly at the yearly average levels”. A Fukui Local Meteorological Office associate cautioned, “We predict the cold atmosphere to enter the region from the latter half of December. Please carefully check the monthly and weekly weather forecasts.”

This winter, due to the influence of La Nina, the prevailing westerlies meander southbound while approaching the vicinity of Japan. Heavy snowfall will depend of whether or not the JPCZ (Japan sea Polar air mass Convergence Zone) takes form. The cold stream flowing from the Siberian region will split in two as it hits the mountain range within the Korean peninsula. The wind streams will then reconverge over the Japan Sea, into the JPCZ, creating snow-laden clouds in succession, leading to the plains near shorelines getting an increased level of snowfall, as characteristic with this phenomenon.

Within Fukui Prefecture, the average snowfall for each month are as follows:

[Fukui City]
December: 42 centimeters
January: 124 centimeters
February: 91 centimeters

[Tsuruga City]
December: 32 centimeters
January: 95 centimeters
February: 70 centimeters

A meteorological office associate expressed, “With the current forecast, it is difficult to consider that we will experience a winter as warm as last winter. We hope for everyone to take proper measures to prepare for the snowfall.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1212811

Mikuni Fireworks Festival 2021, Event Day Confirmed

Mikuni Fireworks Festival 2021, Event Day Confirmed

Influenced By COVID-19, Scheduled One Month Later than Normal Year

On October 21st, the Mikuni Fireworks Festival executive committee, in Fukui Prefecture’s Sakai City, announced that next year’s festival will take place on September 18th, a change from the usual annual date of August 11th. Along with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) countermeasures, the risk of heatstroke while wearing masks during the summer was taken into consideration, which led to the decision of the festival to take place during mid-September, when the humidity will have decreased.

The Mikuni Fireworks Festival is the largest festival within the Hokuriku region, with over 200 thousand visitors, with next year’s being the 40th occurrence of the event. The festival will take place at the Mikuni Sunset Beach and the Kuzuryu River Boat Park, as it has during previous years. September 19th and 20th are reserved in case the event should be postponed.

In regards to security and transportation, the executive committee office’s city tourism department expressed that, with the fireworks festival taking place after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will become relatively easier to secure staff and vehicles for the festival; adjustments will be made moving forward.

Taking national and prefectural event guidelines into account, well-defined methods of temperature measurements and to avoid the “Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings), as preventative measures against COVID-19, are under consideration. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the festival may be suspended, postponed, or scaled down.

The Mikuni Fireworks Festival for 2020 had been suspended due to scheduling conflict with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, before the announcement of its postponement, which had led to difficulties in securing resources such as security staff and shuttle buses.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1189585

AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19

AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19

Ishikawa Prefecture’s Komatsu City, Employee Did Not Enter Specialty Store Areas

On August 18th, AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu (located in Ishikawa Prefecture’s Komatsu City) announced on its website that an employee working at AEON STYLE Shin-Komatsu tested positive for the novel coronvirus (COVID-19) infection. According to the mall, it is verifiable that the employee has not entered through the specialty store areas.

Upon receiving notice of the positive COVID-19 infection, AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu carried out a full cleaning and disinfection operation of the whole mall, including the sale areas and communal spaces, from 10:00 p.m. of August 17th until the early morning of the 18th; on August 18th, the mall operated on regular hours.

The mall stated on its website, “We have caused worry to our clients; however, we will continue to place the safety of our clients and staff at the utmost priority, and to remain diligent in implementing infection countermeasures.”

AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu has a floor space of approximately 128 thousand square metres, with the sale areas measuring at a total of approximately 63 thousand square metres. Located just six kilometres away from the Komatsu Interchange, along the Hokuriku Expressway, the mall is frequented by many Fukui Prefecture residents.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1147190