In the press review of this Monday, March 29, we will address the fear of a fourth wave of COVID-19, a city devastated by the earthquake of March 2011 which has become a tourist site, and Japan, which provides for a record for this year.
The number of new COVID-19 cases is increasing
The number of daily COVID-19 infections increases over the weeks, from 254 new cases per day in the first week of March to 351 in the last. These figures worry the government, which fears the arrival of a fourth wave of infections. He could, in this sense, impose new restrictions just days after lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency. The department of Miyagi and the region of Kansai are particularly affected by the resurgence of cases. In Miyagi, there were 50 cases daily for nearly two months until mid-March, when the figures rose to 171. The same was observed for Kansai, whose Osaka department reached 386 new cases per day and 164 for that of Hyôgo.
Opening of a commemorative park for March 11, 2011
A new memorial park was opened on Sunday in the Minamihama district of Ishinomaki city in Miyagi county. Devastated by the disaster of March 11, 2011, the former 380 square meter residential area is now dedicated to the memory of these tragic events. The park will have 4 entrances leading to the war memorial on which the names of the city’s 4,000 victims have been engraved. The site is in addition to the three other commemorative sites in the city named below. The “NEWSée”, a museum that exhibits newspapers and photographs after the disaster, the large MEET Kadonowaki exhibition center and the old Ôkawa elementary school transformed into a place of memory.
Japan budgets 106,000 billion yen for the year 2021
The Japanese government is budgeting 106.6 trillion yen (or 825.6 billion euros) for the year 2021, including 5,000 billion yen as an emergency reserve to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This spending plan has increased 3.8% from the original 2020 budget and could be even higher given the likelihood of additional budgets. Three have already been developed in 2020 in the context of the pandemic, adding an additional expenditure of 73 trillion yen. The budget reached a record level certainly because of the measures put in place against the pandemic but is also the consequence of the increase in social spending linked to the rapid aging of the population as well as to investments in the conflict with North Korea and the United States. China.