6/29/2021 Japan Galaxy News: PM Directs Measures To Prevent Importation Of CCP Virus From Abroad; Japan Says “Apple Daily” Executives Arrested Hit Hong Kong’s Freedom Of Speech And Press

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1.Prime Minister Inspects Haneda Airport Customs, Directs Measures to Prevent Importation of CCP Virus from Abroad

According to Sankei Shimbun, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visited the Haneda Airport Branch of Tokyo Customs on the morning of the 28th to instruct on measures to prevent the importation of the CCP virus. Speaking to reporters at the Tokyo Olympics, whose opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on July 23, Suga said, “I instructed the personnel concerned that measures should be taken to completely isolate the Olympic team personnel from the rest of the population and avoid them coming into contact with each other.” The prime minister also inspected ANA’s vaccination against the CCP virus at the airport. Regarding the current suspension of applications for vaccination in the workplace, the prime minister said the number of applications far exceeded expectations. After carefully studying the actual situation, he hoped to get as many people as possible vaccinated.

2.Apple Daily Executive Arrested by Hong Kong Police, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsuharu Kato Expresses Serious Concern

According to NHK, a 57-year-old executive of Apple Daily was arrested by the police to allegedly violate Hong Kong’s national security law, collude with overseas forces, and endangering national security, Hong Kong police said early on the 28th. The Apple Daily is a newspaper published in Hong Kong that tends to criticize the CCP. According to Hong Kong media, he was arrested as the editor-in-chief of the English version of Apple Daily, arrested at the airport on the evening of the 27th while trying to board a flight to the United Kingdom. Apple Daily now has a total of seven executives arrested for violating national security laws. At a morning press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsushin said, “this incident will greatly undermine Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press, which have been the foundation of democracy and stable development that Hong Kong has. Enjoyed so far.” He expressed grave concern and will work closely with the international community to continue to urge the CCP and the Hong Kong authorities to protect freedom of speech and freedom of the press as stipulated in the Hong Kong Basic Law.

3.Second Mass Vaccination of CCP Virus Vaccine to Be Conducted at SDF Vaccination Center

According to Kyodo News, on the 28th, the mass vaccination centers operated by the Self-Defense Forces in Tokyo and Osaka for the CCP virus vaccine are expected to officially enter the phase of the second dose of the vaccine from the 28th. They will continue until the end of July. Previously, the center only accepted applications for the first vaccination. The Ministry of Defense says that appointments must be made before vaccination to avoid overnight queues. A 74-year-old man in Koto Ward expressed concern about the infection status, saying, “If the Olympics are held after the rebound of the epidemic, the situation in Tokyo will not be good.”

4.A Huge Artificial Floating Island Will Be Built Offshore of Ishigaki Island

According to Okinawa Times, on 28th, JTB Okinawa is planning to build a huge artificial floating island offshore in the Osaki area of Hachirabe Peninsula, Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture, as a base for operating marine leisure business. This will be the first artificial floating island for tourism in Japan. The floating island will be located about 330 meters off the coast of the Osaki area and will be 27 meters long and 50 meters wide. Visitors can dive within 500 meters of the floating island and moor underwater tour boats. It also offers an underwater observation room and meals and is equipped with changing rooms, showers, and lockers.

5.The Number of People Exempted or Deferred from Paying National Pension Insurance Premiums Due to the CCP Virus Epidemic Is at an All-Time High

According to NHK, on 28th, the national pension contribution rate for self-employed business people was 71.5% last year, up 2.2 percentage points from last year and exceeding the previous year’s rate for the ninth consecutive year. On the other hand, the number of people exempt from or deferring contributions increased by 260,000 to 6.09 million, the highest number since the current system began in 1986, partly due to the impact of the communist virus epidemic. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the number of people receiving national pensions last year was 14.49 million, 40,000 fewer than the previous year.

6.SoftBank Group Announces to Stop Production of Robot “Pepper” Due to Low Sales

According to Kyodo News, the SoftBank Group has discontinued the production of Pepper, a humanoid robot that can read human expressions and talk to them, according to a 28-day news report. The robot was developed mainly for customer reception tasks at retail stores, but the robot sales do not seem to be increasing. As a result, SoftBank is also reducing the number of staff in robot development worldwide. “Pepper is 121 cm tall, weighs less than 30 kg, and has a touch screen on its chest. It was released in 2014 and started selling in Japan in 2015.

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