In the press review of Monday, May 3, we will discuss: the government asks for 500 nurses for the Iolympics, the clothes sold would be responsible for a high CO2 emission and more than 300 personnes per day would not respect the imposed quarantine.
A demand for 500 nurses for the Olympics
In Japan, some nurses are protesting against the request of the organizers of Olympic games Tokyo to send 500 of them to help organize the Games. They say they are already out of breath in the face of the pandemic. Olympic officials said they would need 10,000 medical workers for the Games, and the demand for additional nurses comes amid another outbreak of the virus. Tokyo and Osaka are in a state of emergency, for the moment until May 11. “Beyond the feeling of anger, I was stunned by the insensitivity”said Mikito Ikeda, a nurse in Nagoya, central Japan. “It shows how lightly human life is taken”. The call for more nurses is typical of the sudden changes that occur almost daily as the organizers and the International Olympic Committee are trying to host the Games in the midst of a pandemic.
Clothing responsible for significant CO2 emissions
Clothing sold in Japan helps generate more 95 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, mainly emitted during the manufacturing process abroad, according to a government estimate. According to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, the process of manufacturing and transporting clothing produces 94.6% of these CO2 emissions. According to a report by the United Nations Environment Program, the clothing industry is responsible for 10% of global emissions. At the end of April, the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga revealed a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by fiscal year 2030, compared to fiscal 2013 levels, at a climate summit hosted by the US president Joe Biden. In line with this new promise, the ministry now hopes to raise public awareness of the environmental impact of the textile industry, such as CO2 emissions and water pollution, mainly in production plants.
Self-isolation little respected
Since the end of March, in order to keep imported cases of coronavirus at bay and to control all arrivals in the country, daily checks have been carried out as part of the strengthening of border control measures. According to the ministry, an average of 24,000 people had to be found per day for the 14 days of the self-quarantine period. Of that number, around 200 to 300 people per day could not be confirmed to be in the announced quarantine locations. A health ministry official called on people not to rely too much on test results when they enter the country, as it is possible to get a false negative result during the incubation period. The Japan now requires all arrivals to the country to provide negative test results COVID-19 performed within 72 hours of departure and be retested upon entry. The health ministry has warned that penalties for non-compliance include public disclosure of names or, in the case of a foreign national, revocation of their residency status and deportation.