In the press review of this Wednesday, December 30, we will discuss: the evolution of the third epidemic wave, the Ameyoko stores open despite the health crisis and a battle led by the survivors of the 1945 bombings.
Tokyo records 944 new Covid-19 infections
The Japanese capital today recorded 944 new cases of coronavirus, the second highest figure since the start of the month. The government had already declared an epidemic peak on December 26 with 949 cases. The previous monthly record was 9,857 people infected in November and 8,126 in December. With the New Year celebrations fast approaching, Ameyoko stores have welcomed no less than 450,000 visitors, which greatly worries the government. Tokyo has reported more than 58,000 infections in total in Japan’s 47 departments and more than 2,274 hospital patients, 84 of whom are in critical condition.
Ameyoko stores in Tokyo still bustling with crowds despite the Covid-19
Although the health crisis has driven smaller than normal crowds into Ameyoko shopping street from Tôkyô to Ueno, customers are still present before the New Year holidays. In addition to the usual stalls of crabs, tuna, d ‘eggs, and other traditional products for the holiday season, sellers were there with plastic masks and face shields, a first. According to the Ameyoko shopping street association, infection prevention measures have been reinforced with a disinfectant liquid used on the roads. Although the number of people is less than 60% compared to a normal year, 450,000 individuals were counted between December 27 and 29. Hayato Chiba, 66, vice president of the Ameyoko Shopping Street Association, said: “While every store makes efforts to prevent infections, they also worked hard to stock good products. We were worried that people would come at the end of the year, but we are very grateful. “
Hibakusha: Hiroshima bomb survivor does not give up the battle
Following the announcement of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in early 2021, 200 people, the majority of whom were survivors of the 1945 bombing, gathered in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, in western Japan on October 25, 2020, and shared their joy. As a reminder, the term Hibakusha refers to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Four years earlier, a ray of hope had already emerged when Barack Obama, former President of the United States, traveled to Hiroshima to meet with the survivors. Sunao Tsuboi, a nuclear bomb survivor and founder of Nihon Hidankyo, a Japanese atomic bomb victims organization, is now 95 years old. On August 6, 1945, Tsuboi suffered burns all over his body and was unconscious for over 40 days. Since then, his fight to protect future generations has known no truce. “The color of our skin doesn’t have to be the same. We don’t need borders. Humanity will not be happy if we do not help each other ”