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Japan: Fire Department Plans Special Ambulances to Handle Highly Infectious Disease Cases


Amid increasing threats of infectious viruses such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the Tokyo Fire Department is planning to introduce specially designed ambulances to deliver patients with such diseases, NHK reported on Friday (June 12).\r\nThe Tokyo Fire Department will be the nation’s first to have the ambulances, which are designed to avoid the viruses from leaking outside by lowering the pressure of the space where patients are kept. The vehicles will also be equipped with a device to generate ozone gas to de-activate viruses, according to the report.
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Japan: Govt to Designate Hospitals for N-disaster


Japan will designate hospitals within 30 kilometers of nuclear power stations as hub medical institutions to treat radiation-exposed patients in the event of accidents at such plants, according to a draft of revised nuclear disaster response guidelines.\r\nThe draft, approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday(JUNE 24), is designed to beef up the emergency medical system based on lessons learned from the triple reactor meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Japan: Taiwan and Japan Sign Agreements to Provide Mutual Medical Support


Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan and Japan,on July 30, signed two agreements on mutual emergency medical support in case of large-scale disaster situations.In a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs\' (MOFA) headquarters in Taipei, Taiwanese and Japanese medical associations signed the agreement to allow both countries to dispatch physicians and assistance systems to each other\'s countries should large-scale emergency situations occur.\r\nThe agreement will enable both countries to send medical personnel to give medical treatment in each other\'s countries under the supervision of the colleagues of the host country in case of a big disaster
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Japan: Survey: 52% of Medical, Care Facilities nearNuclear Plants Lack Evacuation Plans


More than half of medical and nursing-care facilities within 30 kilometers of nuclear power plants across Japan have not compiled mandatory evacuation plans in the event of an accident, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.\r\nThe central government in 2012 extended the range of its disaster preparation zone from 8 to 10 km of nuclear facilities to 30 km. It mandated medical institutes, nursing homes and care facilities within the 30-km radius to specify evacuation destinations for patients, which routes to take and what means of transportation to use if a nuclear disaster strikes.In total, around 47 percent of the facilities have compiled evacuati
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Japan: Japan Holds Annual Disaster Response Drill on September 1


About 1.6 million people across Japan took part in an annual emergency drill to simulate an emergency response to a strong 7.3 magnitude quake.Rescue operations and emergency medical exercises were carried out to simulate an emergency response to a strong 7.3 magnitude quake rocking Tokyo in the early morning.\r\nThe nationwide drill is held annually on September 1, known in Japan as Disaster Prevention Day, which comes on the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people and leveled Tokyo.
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