In the press review of this Wednesday, August 26, we will discuss: the production of masks in Japan in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the winning logo of the competition for the 2025 Universal Exhibition in Osaka, and finally the recent studies in Japan on the gender parity in businesses and universities.
Production of masks in the face of the pandemic
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said today that the government will step up efforts to secure supplies of masks if the coronavirus pandemic resumes. He announced that around 1 billion masks would have been available in Japan during the month of August, nearly half of which were produced in the country. There is currently no shortage of masks, but the government wants to increase production in order to alleviate a possible emergency. The number of new cases in Tokyo is today 236. It is the first time since last Sunday that the number of new daily infected exceeds 200 people.
A logo for the Osaka World Expo
The association of the Universal Exhibition scheduled for Osaka in 2025 today unveiled the official logo. The application which was selected among the 5,894 competitors is a logo created by a team of 6 people. This represents about ten red blood cells “Bouncy” in the shape of an “O”, the first letter of the name of the host city. The creators wanted to represent “The radiance of life” in accordance with the theme of the exhibition expressing the idea of designing “A society of the future”. The representative and artistic director of the creative team, Tamotu Shimada, recounted being inspired by the Sun Tower, a major and iconic structure on display at the 1970 World’s Fair, also in Osaka.
Parity in Japan, new figures
Credit research firm Teikoku Databank conducted a nationwide survey in July on business parity. Nearly 12,000 companies responded. The ratio of women in positions of responsibility increased slightly but remains below the government’s expectations, the average of women executives and senior executives would be 7.8%. This is the highest percentage since the survey began in 2013, but the increase is only 0.1% from last year. Japanese government officials would like to bring the level of women leaders to around 30% this year. A survey by the Ministry of Education also found that the number of women enrolled in university has hit a record this year with 45.5% female students. A trend that has been on the rise since 1981, this is the sixth consecutive year that the record has been broken.