Katsuyama City to Distribute ¥60,000 for Each Child

Katsuyama City to Distribute ¥60,000 for Each Child

Unrestricted to Income, Family Budget Support During Novel Coronavirus

On April 13th, Fukui Prefecture’s Katsuyama City announced that it will provide ¥60,000 for each child, at a junior high school age and lower, to parents and guardians within the city, in an effort to provide economic relief during the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Concerning the required ¥150 million against the current fiscal year’s budget, it was stated that the funds will be processed by the municipal government body within the week. With various extraordinary measures emerging across the country, Katsuyama City Mayor Masahiro Yamagishi expressed, “For the sake of the city residents, we wish to execute this plan without delay.”

During the April 13th press conference, City Mayor Yamagishi laid out an overview of the initiative. The plan is to provide for the roughly 2,500 children within the city, from age 0 up to and including junior high school children. Payment of the funds is to take place from next week until the first part of May. There will be no restrictions in regards to the income of the parents and guardians. The city will use up its financial adjustment funds, where savings are accumulated for the city, to apply towards the budget.

“Especially during this time, our effort is being put into a measure to help nurture the future generations. When thinking of what kind of support to provide, supporting child care is what we want to deal with first,” emphasized City Mayor Yamagishi.

“We had calculated ¥5,000 for one month; that is roughly the cost of school lunched, and so we used that as a base,” said the city mayor, explaining the foundation of the ¥60,000 allowance.

Other policies that were displayed within the supplementary budget, with the ¥1 million to be processed by the municipal government body, include purchasing masks and sanitizers. Approximately 70,000 masks will be secured, and distributed among elementary, junior high school, and senior high school children, as well as social service and medical personnel.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1068644

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Facility, Closed Until May 6th In Response to COVID-19

On April 10th, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which was scheduled to be temporarily closed until April 19th in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), announced that it has extended its closure to May 6th, in line with the Government of Japan’s declaration of a state of emergency.

The Dinosaur Quarry (an outdoor museum attraction), which was scheduled to open from April 23rd of this year, will also be temporarily closed until May 6th. The museum has stopped accepting tour reservations until that day. Approximately 1,500 customers who had already made reservations have been notified of the suspension through email.

Up to this point, Fukui Prefecture had announced the closure of 45 prefectural facilities, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, until April 19th. But with many visitors from the areas which have been declared in a state of emergency by the government, the museum announced an extension of its closure, independent form the other prefectural facilities. Fukui Prefecture will bring the other prefectural facilities under discussion, based on how the COVID-19 situation continues from this point onward.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1066550

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

Researchers Publish Videos on Their Favourite Specimens

Although the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is temporarily closed, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the museum have published videos on the internet, talking about their favourite specimens.

The project is so that children who love dinosaurs can have a museum experience while staying at home. There are fifteen roughly 3-minute videos in the series, of a researcher talking about their favourite or most recommended specimen. In addition, there are also videos of researchers and reporters going around exhibits unveiled as recently as April 4th, including the skull of a Brachiosaurus and a complete skeleton of a Probactrosaurus.

“We wish for visitors, who plan to visit, to learn about the highlights of this museum” said a Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum researcher.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127855&page=1

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

For Echizen Town, Postponed Until April 20th

By April 6th, in response to the requests received by Tatsuji Sugimoto, governor of Fukui Prefecture, to continue the temporary school closures until after Golden Week, in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of education of 16 cities and towns (excluding Echizen Town) have decided to postpone the resumption of elementary and junior high school classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education has plans to resume classes from April 20th. The school entrance ceremonies for 12 municipal districts have also been postponed until at least May 7th. In Echizen Town, Ikeda Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town, the entrance ceremonies were carried out on April 6th. Tsuruga City is scheduled to hold its school entrance ceremonies on April 8th.

On April 6th, the board of education in Katsuyama City, Ono City, and Minamiechizen Town made the decision to postpone the resumption of classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education expressed in a statement, “We wish to make a judgement closer to April 20th, whether or not to resume classes from that day or to further postpone it.”

On April 6th, the decision to postpone the entrance ceremonies was made by the board of education of Fukui City, Katsuyama City, Ono City, Obama City, Eiheiji Town, Minamiechizen Town, and Mihama Town; including 4 municipalities who have already made the decision, this brings a total of 12 towns and cities to postpone towards the same day.

With the entrance ceremonies being carried out on April 8th, the Tsuruga City Board of Education said in a statement, “The Municipal Tsuruga Hospital has verified that, with thorough implementation of infection prevention measures, such as wearing masks and room ventilation, holding the ceremony should post no problems.”

Regarding the postponement of entrance ceremonies in Fukui City, a mother (aged 44) of a new first-year elementary student expressed, “Because the reopening of schools has been postponed, it was good that the same has been done for the entrance ceremonies.” Another mother (aged 35) spoke with anxiety, “I had hoped that the entrance ceremony would be carried out, as a break from this situation. With an increasing gap between graduation from kindergarten and starting elementary school, it might take a long time (for children) to get used to school.”

According to the Prefectural University Private School Department, 9 private junior and senior high schools have suspended its entrance ceremonies, while others have postponed it until at least May 7th. All private schools will resume classes from the same day.

Concerning the entrance ceremonies of public kindergartens and nursery schools, the response has been divided between carrying out the ceremony as scheduled or postponing it.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1063084

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

5 Year Since Kanazawa Opening, Anticipation with Tsuruga Extension

On March 15th, the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension connecting Nagano and Kanazawa will hit its 5th anniversary. The total number of passengers has surpassed 43 million; with this ridership, Fukui Prefecture has been able to maintain its favourable tourist numbers. In preparation for the opening of the extension between Kanazawa and Tsuruga after three years, Fukui Prefecture has postured itself to accelerate the refinement of its measures to attract tourists.

During the Hokuriku Shinkansen’s first year (March 14, 2015 – March 13, 2016), the number of passengers totalled to 9.258 million, and continued to maintain a steady ridership. Within its fifth year (March 14, 2019 – February 2020), in October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis caused flooding in a train yard in Nagano City (Nagano Prefecture), affecting the ridership numbers, totalling to 7.906 million; nonetheless, this is still more than double the number of passengers which had used the conventional train lines (3.142 million) before the Hokuriku Shinkansen was operating.

With such ridership figures, tourist attractions within Fukui Prefecture were able to maintain its strong tourist numbers within 2019. According to the Fukui Prefectural Tourism Department, looking at the preliminary figures for the main tourist facilities for 2019, the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins (in Fukui City) received 1.057 million visitors, 335 thousand more than the previous year. Compared to before the Kanazawa extension opened (at 687 thousand visitors in 2014), it is a 1.5 times increase.

The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama City) received 983 thousand visitors in 2019, a 96 thousand visitor increase compared to the previous year, and the Kehi Jingu Shrine (in Tsuruga City) was visited by 745 thousand people, with a 24 thousand increase from the last year.

“The effects of the Shinkansen are still ongoing. One of the primary factors for the increased visitors last year is a popular television program featuring a number of tourist spots within the prefecture, and there was also Golden Week in May which held a 10-day holiday,” explained the tourism department in an analysis.

Riding on the favourable conditions of the situation, the prefecture has been formulating a plan, the “FIRST 291”, which contains measures towards the opening of the Tsuruga extension in three years time. The main pillars of the plan are the “Enhancement of Information Distribution and Promotion” and the “Enhanced Improvement of Tourist Attractions and Hospitality”. After the plan is formulated within the year, it will be carried out immediately in the new fiscal year, in a strategy to increase the number of tourists.

The Fukui Prefectural Shinkansen Operation Establishment Department described its aim of “Improvement” summarizing its concept as “uniting the stimulation of intellectual curiosity and the desire for personal experience”, considering it as a way to effectively appeal towards tourists.

“Starting with the Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which is undergoing functional enhancements, the charm of the tourist attractions in Fukui, including the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins, is ‘knowledge’. It is not just about enjoying the sights, it is being able to take in and bring home the knowledge,” explained the department enthusiastically.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1042950