In the press review of this Thursday, April 01, we will discuss: Japan takes stricter COVID-19 measures for three departments, second lowest level ever reached in the ranking of countries for gender equality, this manga which contributed to the sales explosion in 2020.
Osaka, Hyôgo, Miyagi on the verge of a state of emergency
The departments of Osaka, Hyôgo and Miyagi are taking more stringent measures against COVID-19, coming into place on April 5. With 616 new infections in Osaka, exceeding the 475 daily cases in Tokyo, “these measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and prevent the need for another state of emergency“, Said Prime Minister Suga. The government provides for fines of 200,000 yen (1,500 euros) for restaurateurs and bartenders who do not close their establishment at 8 pm. And finally, the number of people attending major events such as concerts or sports matches will be limited to 5,000 people.
Japan ranks 120th in global gender equality rankings
Japan ranks 120th out of 156 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2020. The World Economic Forum annually measures the disparity between men and women in 14 areas including economics, politics, health and education. Japan was 121st last year, the lowest ever. If he has won a place since, his ranking is no less alarming. Ranked last among the G-7 countries, Japan is 147th out of 156 politically and 117th economically. It is in 92nd place in education and 65th in health. According to the World Economic Forum, it would take another 135.6 years to close the gap between women and men around the world.
Manga sales exceed 4.6 billion euros in 2020
Manga sales exceeded 600 billion yen (4.6 billion euros) in 2020, according to the Research Institute for Publications. Since the first record of sales in 1978, this is the first time that it has reached such a high figure, dethroning the 586.4 billion yen of 1995. Sales increased by 4.8% compared to 2019. The time spent at home during confinement as well as the huge success of the manga Demon slayer would be the main factors in the sales explosion. By counting only the volumes of Demon slayer, there are about 30 billion yen in sales, thus largely contributing to the expansion of the manga market.