Tokyo Doctors Plan To Boost Pcr Testing Capacity

Tokyo doctors plan to boost PCR testing capacity

NHK has learned that the Tokyo Medical Association is considering increasing the number of coronavirus testing sites in the Japanese capital to 1,400 from the current 300 or so.

The association has so far set up around 300 PCR testing sites in Tokyo. These include sites at medical institutions, as well as PCR test centers that are jointly operated by local medical associations and municipalities.

More Testing Positive In Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward

More testing positive in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward

Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward has seen sharp rises in the number of coronavirus tests and the percentage of those testing positive.

Health officials and workers are concerned that a further rise in infections could overwhelm the ward's testing capacity.

Central, Tokyo Govts Commit To More Testing

Central, Tokyo govts commit to more testing

Nishimura Yasutoshi, Japan's minister in charge of the country's response to the coronavirus, and Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko have reaffirmed the need for more testing in the capital.

They also plan to continue easing restrictions on socio-economic activities in stages, despite a surge in cases in parts of the country, most notably Tokyo.

Nurse In Osaka Told To Work After Testing Positive

Nurse in Osaka told to work after testing positive

Officials in the western Japanese city of Osaka say a hospital there instructed a nurse to continue to work despite testing positive for the coronavirus.

The officials learned of this after someone tweeted the allegation against Osaka's Namihaya Rehabilitation Hospital.

Health Ministry To Up Testing Capacity To 20,000

Health ministry to up testing capacity to 20,000

Japan's health ministry plans to expand the country's capacity to test for the coronavirus to 20,000 a day. It is also thinking about increasing drive-through testing.

The ministry says Japan now has the capacity for up to 12,000 daily tests, done by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, public health centers and others.

Japan Boosts Virus Testing Capabilities

Japan boosts virus testing capabilities

Japan is expected to become capable of testing up to about 3,800 people a day for the coronavirus on Tuesday, as it is working to boost its testing capabilities.

The health ministry told municipalities across Japan to expand the scope of their screenings to include people with suspected infections who have had no travel history to the Chinese provinces of Hubei or Zhejiang.

Canon Eos R Mark Ii Reportedly Already In Testing

Canon EOS R Mark II Reportedly Already In Testing

Canon’s EOS R mirrorless camera was originally launched back in 2018. If you weren’t too thrilled by its specs or were waiting for a successor, you might be pleased to learn that we might be able to expect the Mark II version in 2020. This is according to a report from Canon Rumors who heard from their sources that testing of the EOS R Mark II is already underway.

The report goes on to claim that the camera will most likely be announced ahead of Photokina 2020 in May. Canon is also expected to announce more than one camera, where one model will the EOS R Mark II and the other will be the EOS Rs, which last we heard could be sporting support for dual memory cards.

Toyota Testing Solar Prius In Quest For Car You'll Never Need To Plug In

Toyota testing solar Prius in quest for car you'll never need to plug in

TOKYO — Inspired by new ultra-thin solar panels developed for satellites, a project led by Toyota is experimenting with a sun-powered Prius that it hopes will one day require no plugging in. In the Japanese government-funded demonstration project, Toyota engineers fitted solar panels designed by Sharp Corp to the hood, roof, rear window and spoiler to see how much juice the sun can generate. The electricity from the panels goes directly to the drive battery, so the Prius can charge while moving or when parked. On a good day, the charge can be sufficient for up to 35 miles of travel, more than the 29 miles driven a day by the average American, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But the performance drops off quickly if it is cloudy or even when it's too hot out. If used in real-world driving in those conditions, the Prius would have to be plugged in to recharge. Toyota has experimented with solar panels on the Prius for years, but these new solar cells are super-slim — just 0.03 millimeters — making them malleable enough to form-fit to the body of a car. The engineers needed to create a buffer between the car and the cells to protect them, so the actual solar panel modules are closer to a centimeter thick. The trunk of the car is filled with batteries for the solar panels, adding extra weight of around 180 pounds. Making the entire package lighter and bringing down the extremely high costs are among the biggest challenges for the technology, said Satoshi Shizuka, Toyota's lead engineer on the project, adding that commercialization likely remained "years away".

Testing Stores Without Cash Registers

Testing stores without cash registers

Japan will raise its consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in October, though some items will be unaffected by the change. This is causing problems for some smaller retailers who will have to juggle with dual tax rates at the cash register. Technology company NTT Data has a possible remedy for this headache: ditch the cash register entirely.

NTT Data opened an experimental store to test the system in Tokyo.