No Issue in Toilet Paper Supply

No Issue in Toilet Paper Supply

Industry Groups and the Novel Coronavirus

On February 28th, the Japan Household Paper Industry Association released a statement concerning the hoarding of tissue and toilet paper, as part of the reaction to the increased infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“There will absolutely be no problem in supply, as long as we avoid excessive purchases. We wish for everyone to remain composed.”

The response was made by an associate in charge of covering joint communications. The response also stated that manufacturers have not been affected by the current situation.

Toilet paper distributed within the country are mostly produced in Japan, with very few imported from overseas, including from China. As for tissue paper, in terms of regular use, there is about two months worth of supply domestically.

“Masks are made from different materials, and the percentage of masks made from overseas as low. Stocks will not be depleted,” stressed the associate.

According to a major manufacturer, since February 27th, there has been a surge of inquiries such as, “Why are shop stocks empty?” and “What is the production status?”

In a press conference on February 28th, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoki Okada addressed the current situation in which production and supply are at normal levels, and called out to the public,

“I wish for everyone’s cooperation to prevent the situation where supply becomes unavailable to those who really need it, because of acts such as buying up all the products and reselling.”

In Kumamoto Prefecture’s Kumamoto City, where toilet paper is selling out in quick succession, City Mayor Kazufumi Onishi made a request in a press conference and on Twitter for everyone to avoid hoarding and to remain calm.


A Swing From the World’s Best Swordswoman, So Fast!

A Swing From the World’s Best Swordswoman, So Fast!

Kendo: 5-dan Tai Watanabe Teaching a Children’s Class

On January 11th, Tai Watanabe (aged 27), a Kumamoto Prefecture police officer and member of a champion women’s team in the World Kendo Championship, worked as an instructor in a top-athlete kendo class held in the Echizen City Budokan, located within Fukui Prefecture. Part of the event were approximately 120 elementary and junior high school students from within the city; the children were full of energy, with powerful shouts as they swing their bamboo swords, diligently trying to learn from a first-class swordswoman.

Every year, the Echizen City Kendo Federation invites Japan’s top athletes for this event, so children can learn the basics directly from the athletes, nurturing their dreams.

Hailing from Kumamoto Prefecture, 5-dan Watanabe is part of the team representing Japan in the World Kendo Championships, with successive victories in 2015 and 2018. Dominating in last year’s All Japan Police Kendo Championship, in the Women’s Singles division, there are high expectations as a core representative of Japan for next year’s World Kendo Championship in France.

In the morning, about 50 elementary school children, coming from 8 youth sports clubs within the city, received thorough instructions on the basics, including practice-swinging and footwork.

“Create an image of your opponent, even when practice-swinging. After swinging down your sword, stay focused until you return to your starting position!”

The children received many such instruction, as could understand the importance of taking practice as seriously as an actual match.

During the afternoon, junior high school students crossed bamboo swords, learning about the practical use of various techniques.

“Actually seeing the speed when she swings her sword was really something1 The way she moved her arms and wrists were very clean,” said a sixth-year elementary school girl, who is part of the Oshio Youth Sports club, talking about her impression of the top athlete’s techniques.