App Maps Virus Risks In Medical Facilities

App maps virus risks in medical facilities

A Japanese venture company has developed a smartphone app that can identify risks of exposure to the coronavirus inside medical institutions.

The app was created by an IT firm based in Tokyo that works with the medical industry.

Tokyo To Announce On Friday Facilities To Close

Tokyo to announce on Friday facilities to close

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko says the names of facilities to be closed down under a state of emergency declared by the prime minister will be announced on Friday.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Nearly 20% Of Nursing Care Facilities Out Of Masks

Nearly 20% of nursing care facilities out of masks

Nearly 20 percent of facilities in Japan that provide nursing care have run out of surgical masks amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

More than 1,000 care facilities across Japan responded to a survey over the weekend by the Nippon Careservice Craft Union.

School Shutdowns Make Childcare Facilities Busier

School shutdowns make childcare facilities busier

The closure of schools across Japan to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading has made childcare facilities busier.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested local governments to temporarily close schools from Monday until the start of the spring break in late March.

Para-sports Bodies Point Out Lack Of Facilities

Para-sports bodies point out lack of facilities

With less than six months to go until the Tokyo Paralympic Games, NHK has learned many para-sports organizations are concerned about the lack of facilities available to para-athletes.

NHK conducted a survey of 26 domestic para-sports associations and received responses from all of them.

Some Passengers To Enter Govt.-prepared Facilities

Some passengers to enter govt.-prepared facilities

Japan's government plans to have passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were in close contact with those infected by the new coronavirus stay in facilities it has prepared to monitor their health.

Health minister Katsunobu Kato made the announcement on Friday. The ministry had previously planned to have such passengers remain on the ship.

Govt. To Expand Support For Storm-hit Facilities

Govt. to expand support for storm-hit facilities

Japan's government has decided to expand the scope of its financial support for facilities damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through the country earlier this month.

The Cabinet Office said private schools, as well as public facilities such as community centers and libraries, have been added to the list of entities that can receive subsidies for repair work.

Abe, Trump Denounce Attack On Saudi Oil Facilities

Abe, Trump denounce attack on Saudi oil facilities

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have denounced the recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and have agreed to cooperate to help ease tensions in the Middle East.

The agreement came during their meeting that lasted more than one hour in New York on Wednesday. Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined the meeting.

Anti-terror Facilities Must Pass Early Inspection

Anti-terror facilities must pass early inspection

Japan's nuclear regulator has decided that it will order nuclear power plants to suspend operations if their new mandatory anti-terror facilities are not completed and have not passed inspections one week before the deadline.

The decision could lead to reactors in Japan that are currently online facing orders to shut down.

Muslim Prayer Facilities Debut In Expressway Service Areas

Muslim prayer facilities debut in expressway service areas

Prayer facilities have been set up in expressway service areas along popular routes to cater to Muslim visitors ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

In a first in Japan, prayer areas opened March 26 at the Hamanako service area and on the outbound side of the Ashigara service area along the Tomei Expressway in Shizuoka Prefecture. On March 27, a prayer facility was set up in the Suwako service area's outbound side on the Chuo Expressway in Nagano Prefecture.

Urgent Flu Caution Issued For Elderly Facilities

Urgent flu caution issued for elderly facilities

Japan's health ministry has issued an urgent nationwide caution to facilities for the elderly calling for through measures to prevent influenza.

A succession of senior residents in such facilities have died this month due to mass influenza infections. Four residents at a special care home for the elderly in Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and seven residents at a nursing home in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, have died of influenza.

Laser Facilitates Production Of Sic Wafers

Laser Facilitates Production of SiC WafersDisco Corp developed a new process that uses a laser device to cut out wafers from a SiC (silicon carbide) ingot.
The new process, "Kabra," enables to reduce processing time at the time of producing SiC wafers by about 75% and increase the number of wafers to be produced by about 50%, compared with conventional methods. It is currently being tested by some of Disco's customers.