Production at factories in Japan rises to pre-pandemic levels

Vigorous growth in the auto and chip-making equipment sectors was a key factor.

Japan's industrial production grew in June, exceeding levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic. Vigorous growth in the auto and chip-making equipment sectors was a key factor.

Industry Ministry officials said on Friday (30) that production in factories had risen by 6,2% compared to May. This is the first increase in 2 months.

The production of passenger cars and engines increased 22,6% amid growing demand in Japan and abroad.

The manufacture of equipment for the production of chips and other machinery increased by 8,9%.

Looking ahead, ministry officials project output to fall 1,1% in July but increase by 1,7% in August.

They maintained the overall assessment, saying production is recovering and will keep an eye on the impact of the chip shortage and the spread of the Delta variant on the economy.

Source: NHK

Post boxes with Pokémon characters brighten up a city in Japan

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Pokémon characters party at the post office boxes in Yokohama City in Kanagawa. See how long.

Japan Post released its Pokémon themed stamps this month and is following that up with three adorable new Post Boxes installed in the city of Yokohama (Kanagawa).

Instead of their classic red color, these mailboxes are designed to look like Pokéballs – half red and half white, with a button between the two colors.

In Yokohama City Hall, you'll find two boxes highlighting first-generation Pokémon favorites, Pikachu and Eevee.

Or head to the Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office to see a box with the penguin-like Pokémon Piplup sitting on top.

There is also a separate multicolored Post Office Box in the Yokohama Port Post Office with a Pokéball, Eevee, Piplup and Pikachu all together.

All correspondence sent through this box (with the exception of international correspondence and New Year's cards) will receive an exclusive stamp featuring the three characters.

These mailboxes will be available until June 30, 2022.

Source: Time Out

Accident in downtown Nagoya

A passenger car and a taxi collided in the center of the capital of Aichi, causing 4 injuries.

According to the police and the Fire Department, a collision occurred between a passenger vehicle and a taxi, at the intersection of Naka-ku Nishiki 3-chome, in Nagoya (Aichi), around 21:30 pm on Thursday ( 29).

As a result, a man and a woman, in their 20s, who were in the passenger car were injured. Also a passenger, in her thirties, and the taxi driver were taken to the hospital.

According to the police, the 4 victims were conscious when they were transported by ambulance.

A detailed investigation was carried out to verify the situation at that time. 

Source: Nagoya TV

For the first time over 10 new cases

The epidemic of the new coronavirus in Japan is critically increasing.

For the first time Japan bitter 10.699 tested positive for the new coronavirus in a single day, on Thursday (29). The cumulative sum amounted to 902.975 people infected.

On that day there were 14 deaths and 58.113 patients are under treatment.

Tokyo had 3.865 new cases, 1.164 in Kanagawa, 864 in Saitama, 576 in Chiba, 166 in Ibaraki, 103 in Gunma and 142 in Tochigi.

Osaka had a high number as well, with 932 new cases. The same happened with Okinawa, with 392 tested positive.

Aichi registered 250, with an upward trend, as did Fukuoka, with 366.

Tokyo, Kanagawa and Okinawa had the worst results of this epidemic.

Sources: NHK and News Digest

Toyota remains the world's top-selling car manufacturer

This is the 2nd consecutive year that Toyota has been the top automaker in the world in the 1st half, with 5,47 million vehicles sold.

Toyota Motor continued to be the world's top-selling automaker, with a record 5,47 million vehicles sold in the first 6 months of 2021, surpassing German arch-rivals Volkswagen AG, company data showed on Thursday.

This is the second year in a row that Toyota has been the world's top automaker in the first half, revealing its sharp recovery from the initial coronavirus slump and relative rebound despite a global chip shortage.

Toyota's previous record sales for the 1st half of 1 year were established in 2019 with approximately 5,13 million units sold globally.

Toyota enjoyed robust sales in its key markets like the US and China. An automaker official said the company was able to "limit" the impact of the global semiconductor shortage.

In the period from January to June, Toyota sold 5.467.218 vehicles globally, up 31,3% from the previous year. The number includes those marketed by its subsidiaries Daihatsu and Hino Motors.

Volkswagen sold 4.978.200 vehicles in the same period, up 27,9% compared to the previous year.

Source: Mainichi

IMF cuts Japan's growth forecast on spread of Covid-19

Japan was the only country among the G7 nations that faced a downgrade in the latest IMF outlook.

The International Monetary Fund – IMF predicted on Tuesday (27) that Japan's economy will grow 2,8% in 2021 compared to the previous year, down 0,5 percentage point from its April estimate, as the country continues to face difficulties to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The global growth projection remained unchanged at 6%, as diminished prospects for Japan and emerging economies such as China and India were offset by improved outlooks for the US and some other major advanced economies.

In an update to the World Economic Outlook report, the Washington-based institution highlighted the continuing divergence of economic recoveries as a result of the pandemic due to differences in the pace of vaccination programs and political support.

Japan was the only country among the Group of Seven industrialized nations that faced a downgrade in the latest IMF outlook.

The country's vaccination program lagged behind those of other developed countries, and the nation has imposed anti-virus restrictions on establishments amid an increase in coronavirus cases.

However, the world's third-largest economy is anticipated to have a stronger recovery in the second half of 2021, supported by more inoculation efforts. The IMF raised its growth outlook for 2022 by 0,5 point to 3%.

Source: Japan Times

About 4 meals were wasted at the opening of the Tokyo Games

Four thousand of the 10.000 meals that would be offered to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony were wasted.

Tokyo 2020 organizers admitted that about 4 meals prepared for the day of the opening ceremony were discarded.

Tokyo Games organizers admitted on Wednesday that they had ruled out about 28 of the 4.000 pre-ordered meals that would be offered to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony.

Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed the report and apologized at a press conference.

He explained that due to the heavy workload for the volunteers they did not have a chance to eat the meals, which must be transformed into animal food and used to generate energy from biomass.

Source: Mainichi

Bathers flee from sharks on Fukuoka beach

The city is alerting the population and shops on the beaches about the appearance of sharks in the region.

Around 10 am on Wednesday (28), dozens of sharks appeared on a beach in the city of Itoshima (Fukuoka). Police evacuated 45 bathers and surfers who were at the site and there were no injuries.

According to the Itoshima Police Station, around 10 to 15 hammerhead sharks, 1m to 1,5m long, were spotted by police helicopter. According to authorities, they were hunting a group of rays and ended up near the beach. Authorities received information from sharks in the region on 26th of this month and were watching the perimeter by helicopter.

The city is alerting the population and shops on the beaches, and has placed posters about the appearance of sharks in restrooms and parking lots.

“Stingrays are also dangerous and have poison. If you find rays or sharks, get out of the sea immediately,” commented an official from the municipality's agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector.

Source: Yomiuri

Supermarket will pay compensation of ¥21,8 million for seniors

Court orders supermarket to pay damages of ¥21,8 million to senior citizen who slipped in a market and broke his left elbow.

The Tokyo Court forced the Odawara department store to pay an estimated ¥21,8 million in compensation to an elderly man who was injured inside a supermarket in a trial held on Wednesday (28).

According to the indictment, the 63-year-old man slipped on a wet floor in the supermarket's vegetable area in the Yugawara (Kanagawa) neighborhood and broke his left elbow in the accident in October 2016.

The old man was the director of a German confectionery company, which was closed due to his absence, and had initially claimed around ¥100 million in compensation.

The supermarket's lawyers claimed that the floor was not wet and refuted the accusation. However, Judge Yukio Shinada explained that water used to wash lettuce, which was placed on special shelves, fell to the floor and market officials did not clean it properly. “The water that ran off the lettuce was the cause of the accident,” said the judge, who ordered compensation.

Source: Yomiuri

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