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Japan: Red Cross Honours Nurse from Ishinomaki


Sendi: Aiko Kin, a 59-year-old nurse in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross for her dedication to the victims of the 2011 quake and tsunami. Kin, deputy director and head nurse at the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital, was among 32 nurses from 16 countries to receive the medal, which honors “exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.” In the immediate aftermath of the catastrophe, she worked frantically in the hospital’s hastily set up emergency headquarters, which served as the main aid center in t
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Japan: Hospital Ambulances Set for the Elderly


Ambulances owned by hospitals will be used in the capital to transport elderly patients from their homes to medical institutions, to help Tokyo Fire Department ambulances deal with a sharp increase in the number of such patients, the Tokyo Medical Association said. The association’s endeavor is expected to attract attention from other large cities that are also concerned with a growing number of senior patients.Hospital ambulances are private emergency vehicles currently used only when patients are moved to other hospitals for medical reasons, or transported in times of disaster. They do not transport ordinary patients to hospitals. Ac
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Japan: Annual Quake Drills Take Nankai Twist–1 Million People Participate


In a first, Japan refocused its annual disaster drills on September 1 Sunday to simulate a response to the dreaded Nankai quake, mobilizing more than 1 million people across the country for the hypothetical scenario. The annual exercise, held as usual on the anniversary of the devastating temblor that struck Tokyo 90 years ago, focused on the Cabinet’s response to a powerful earthquake expected to devastate central and western Japan “within 30 years.”For the first time, the central government’s main drill on Disaster Prevention Day was based on the Nankai Trough scenario, in which up to 323,000 deaths and ¥220 tri
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Japan: Three Passengers Honored for Saving Woman Who Fell on Train Tracks in Nagoya


When a 58-year old woman faced danger on September 1 Sunday after she fell off the tracks at the Kanayama Station in Nagoya, three waiting passengers took the initiative to help. For their good samaritan deed, a letter of appreciated was granted to them by the Atsuta Fire Station. The Nagoya Fire Department made it known on Wednesday that those who helped the woman, found to be a caregiver from Suzuka in Mie Prefecture, were duly acknowledged. The three good samaritans – 39 year old Keiichiro Kondo, 20-year old Kanae Mitamura, and 24-year old Motoki Takamatsu – went on to help the woman, who was waiting for the train fr
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Japan: Northeast Japan Still Suffering from Lack of Medical Services, Manpower


It’s been 2 years since the northeast region of Japan was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake with some towns almost totally washed away by the subsequent tsunami. However, the residents’ rehabilitation has not been promising especially when it comes to medical services. A lot of medical facilities are neither available for operations nor have enough manpower. Some people have even stopped, if not given up, visiting hospitals. The prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima only have a number of health facilities back in operations, but they still cannot guarantee their capability to attend to the needs of the p
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