Prefectural Governor’s Reason for Not Wearing a Mask, After Two Months

Prefectural Governor’s Reason for Not Wearing a Mask, After Two Months

Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto, Regarding Prefectural Residents’ Use of Masks

In a regularly scheduled press conference on June 11th, while maintaining distance from the press gallery, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto was in attendance without wearing a mask. The governor explained, “This is the period where the first wave of (the novel coronavirus [COVID-19] infection) has ended, and the reopening of the economy has begun. I had thought that, to understand my mental process and through my facial expressions, this is something I wish to convey to everyone.”

Since April, during the press conferences where COVID-19 cases were reviewed, Prefectural Governor Sugimoto had worn a mask.

On June 11th, addressing the prefectural residents regarding the use of masks, the governor stressed, “We must avoid situations where infections are contracted via respiratory droplets”. At the same time, it was indicated that as long as a “social distance” of two metres is maintained, taking off one’s mask poses no problems.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1103152

Approving Taking Off Masks While Travelling To and From School on Hot Days

Approving Taking Off Masks While Travelling To and From School on Hot Days

Notice by the Fukui Municipal Board of Education, Heatstroke Countermeasure

By June 8th, every elementary and junior high school in Fukui City received a notice form the Fukui Municipal Board of Education (in Fukui Prefecture) stating that in order to prevent students from getting heatstroke, with the increased risk on days with high temperature and humidity, it has been approved that masks, which has been serving as a preventative tool against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, can be taken off while at school and while travelling to and from school.

According to the Fukui Municipal Board of Education, the Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure City Guidelines was revised on June 5th, after MEXT (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) indicated in the Hygiene Management Guidelines that masks are okay to be taken off in situations where the risk of heatstroke is high. In cases where masks are taken off, measures including room ventilation and having 1-2 metres of space between the students are asked to be carried out.

In the first version of the guideline, released in February, it was requested that, outside of lunch time, physical education classes, and during club activities, masks are to be continuously worn.

In a city council general interpellation on June 8th, Superintendent of Education Yuuji Yoshikawa expressed, “Because we are approaching the hot season, we are requesting the schools’ consideration,” responding to a question by councillor Ichii Hatta (Isshin Party).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1101029

Exchanging Government-Issued Cloth Masks for Tapioca

Exchanging Government-Issued Cloth Masks for Tapioca

Specialty Shop: flor flor, Until June 30th

From June 1st, the tapioca drink specialty shop “flor flor” (with store locations within Fukui Prefecture, including Fukui City) began a campaign for customers to trade in their government-issued cloth masks, of which every household within Japan is being distributed two, for a drink of their choice. The masks will then be donated to nursery schools and welfare facilities within Fukui Prefecture.

The specialty shop is headquartered in Nagoya, Aichi, and has been developing as a nationwide franchise, with shop locations within Fukui Prefecture, of two in Fukui City and one in Echizen City. All the shop locations collectively decided to take the cloth masks, created through tax funds, and work hard as “a bridge to those to need it now”.

Customers can trade in their masks and choose among all 42 beverage choices, including milk tea, fresh juice, and the frozen drinks. The beverages are popular for its springy and chewy textures, using fresh tapioca made from domestic ingredients.

“For those who don’t need the cloth masks, please bring it to the store and enjoy a tapioca drink!” said Miki Maeda (aged 29), manager of the Fukui-Koyo location.

Only unopened masks can be traded in; minors looking to trade in masks will need their parent’s or guardian’s permission. The trade-in campaign will be carried out until June 30th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1096528

School Entrance Ceremonies One Month Late, Wearing Masks

School Entrance Ceremonies One Month Late, Wearing Masks

Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Schools Within Fukui Prefecture, Novel Coronavirus Prevention

On May 7th, in the midst of the prolonged school closures, as a preventative measure against the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in seven municipalities across Fukui Prefecture, including Echizen City and Mihama Town, held their entrance ceremonies. With the refreshingly clear early-summer weather, the new students, as well as their parents and guardians, were wearing masks. While on high alert, schools embark on a new stage as they take on the challenge of holding the ceremonies a month late.

In Echizen City’s Kamiyama Elementary School, at around 9:00 p.m., thirty new students wearing their brand new uniforms, with their parents and guardians, gather in front of the school gate, one after another. Space is opened up between the students, as they form lines, and using hand sanitizers before entering the gymnasium.

The entrance ceremony begins with about two metres of space between every student’s seat; as each of the new students hear their name called, they respond, brimming with energy. School Principal Tomie Takura welcomed the students, “I’m happy to finally be able to hear everyone’s voices”; she continues by advising the students, “Let’s take care of our minds and bodies from getting sick, by leading a proper lifestyle.” The ceremony ended after about 20 minutes.

“I want to study with my friends,” said a new first-year student, with an expression full of hope.

“My child has finally entered elementary school. I hope to raise my child to be able to overcome such a tough situation like this,” said the father (aged 45), with a warm gaze upon his child.

At the same time, Tannan Senior High School has merged into the newly formed Sabae Senior High School, with the Inquiry Course as one of the learning paths within the curriculum; for the school’s entrance ceremony, 276 students were in attendance. The entrance ceremony was carried out with only the students and the school associates present.

“Since parents have been able to attend all the entrance and graduation ceremonies up to this point, it’s very disappointing to be unable to watch over the children while nearby,” said an Echizen City mother (aged 40), who dropped off her daughter at school.

“I was worried about the condition of my studies during the school closures; it also feels lonesome not seeing my friends. I’m glad to be able to go through this entrance ceremony without any problems,” said a new Inquiry Course first-year student (aged 15).

Seven out of eleven students from outside Fukui Prefecture were unable to attend the entrance ceremony, due to having to stay home for a two-week period, in accordance with a Fukui Prefectural Citizen Guideline.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1082266

Ishikawa Prefecture Also to Distribute Mask Purchase Tickets, Sale at Kusuri no Aoki

Ishikawa Prefecture Also to Distribute Mask Purchase Tickets, Sale at Kusuri no Aoki

Across 500,000 Household Within the Prefecture, Up to 100 Masks

On April 28th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported that it will be distributing tickets to its approximately 500,000 households within the prefecture, which would allow its residents to secure masks, in response to the difficulty in obtaining masks, as an effect from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Prefectural Governor Masanori Tanimoto expressed his outlook, “The purchase tickets will be mailed during mid-May, allowing residents to begin purchasing tickets, at soonest, closer towards the end of the month.”

Each household will be able to purchase up to two boxes of masks (with each box containing 50 masks) at “Kusuri no Aoki”, a drugstore chain headquartered in Ishikawa Prefecture. A company within the prefecture, that handles medical equipment, will be in charge of supplying the masks.

Both Toyama and Fukui prefectures have also announce the initiative to distribute mask purchase tickets across all households within its respective prefectures. In Fukui Prefecture, the sale of masks, with the tickets, have begun from April 24th at drugstores within the prefecture.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077009