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Japan: Ambulance Dispatch Cases to Soar


Tokyo: The number of ambulance dispatches is expected to peak at around 6.20 million in 2023, continuing to climb from the record high of 5.80 million seen last year, a projection by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency showed. Ambulance dispatches will rise in line with the increasing number of elderly people taken to hospitals for treatment of acute diseases and injuries resulting from falls, among other reasons, according to the projection released on April 8, Monday by the agency. With the rise in dispatches, it is taking longer for ambulances to arrive and there could be further loss of life due to the delays.
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Japan: Gov. Recommends Against Building Hospital Ship; Better to Re-use Older Vessels to Provide Emergency Medical Care


A study report by the Cabinet Office says that Japan does not need to own a hospital ship and instead just use existing commercial or Japan Coast Guard ships to provide emergency medical care in case of disasters and emergencies. It will cost the government 140 to 350 million dollars to build and 9 to 25 million dollars to maintain. A group of nonpartisan lawmakers “demanded” that Japan have its own hospital ship, especially after the severe damage suffered by medical facilities in northeastern coastal areas during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. The report recommends that instead of purchasing a hospital shi
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Japan: Fukushima Closes 2 Parking Lots for Emergency Decontamination Work


FUKUSHIMA—Two parking lots in the city of Fukushima were declared off-limits to the public on May 7 after high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected in the exposed soil there. Local authorities shut down the parking lots for emergency decontamination operations after a nonprofit organization found a maximum of 430,000 Becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium during a survey conducted between April 29-May 2 at the behest of local residents.
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Japan: Disaster Prevention Manual to be Distributed Free-of-charge to Children Worldwide


Hoping to educate children around the world about how to protect themselves during natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and landslides, researcher Megumi Sugimoto has designed a free English-language handbook to be distributed worldwide via the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sugimoto, who works with the Public Works Research Institute/Global Centre of Excellence for Water Hazard and Risk Management in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, spent several years teaching residents in Indonesia about disaster prevention after the country was hit by a massive tsunami in 2004.
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Japan: UN Agency to Open Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Centre in Fukushima


Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are heading to Japan to launch an emergency preparedness and response centre in Fukushima, the coastal city devastated 2 years ago when a massive earthquake and tsunami set off meltdowns at a nuclear power plant. The IAEA, supported by the Government of Japan, will designate a new Response and Assistance Network (RANET) Capacity Building Centre in Fukushima last week of May 2013, according to a news release from the UN nuclear watchdog. The Centre will be home to several IAEA activities aimed at enhancing emergency preparedness and response capacity, both in Japan and
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