In the press review of this Friday, December 11, we will address: A demand for strong measures in the face of the pandemic, the end of the psychiatric analysis for the accused in the case of the burnt animation studio, and finally the cancellation of the snow sculpture festival.
Experts call for action
The health authorities brought together experts on Friday to prepare the next steps in the fight against the pandemic during 3 decisive weeks. With nearly 600 new cases this Friday, Tokyo would be the most active area of the virus, the absolute record having been reached the day before. Experts implore the government to react and put in place new measures. One of the approaches studied would be to limit non-essential outings, as well as the opening times of bars and restaurants. The government campaign to promote travel within the country (named ” go To travel ”) Aimed at supporting the national economy was also discussed.
Continuation of the “Kyoto Animation” case
Aoba Shinji, accused of setting fire to the famous animation studio “Kyoto Animation” (also known as “KyoAni”) killing 36 people and injuring 33 in July 2019, has just completed his psychiatric assessment and is due to be charged next week . The analysis reportedly lasted nearly 6 months, and prosecutors reportedly estimated that the suspect would be mentally fit to be held criminally responsible for the attack. Upon his arrest, he reportedly told police he wanted to kill as many people as possible because the studio plagiarized one of his novels.
Sapporo Festival canceled
Sapporo City Hall said on Thursday that the famous Sapporo Snow Sculpture Festival in the Hokkaido region of northern Japan will be canceled. Dating back to 1950, the festival traditionally takes place from January to February and welcomes nearly 2 million visitors each year. This is the first time in 71 years of existence that the event has been repeated. The city would consider a new way to celebrate the event “online”, the mayor is expected to decide on the formalities at the end of next week.