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News from Japan - March 17, 2022

Earthquake of Wednesday March 16 in Japan

Damages on the road and in a supermarket after an earthquake in Japan

A few days after the 11th anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake (and the Fukushima nuclear accident), an earthquake occurred on Wednesday March 16.


Tokyo felt the tremors, although Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were the hardest hit. Fortunately, no problems occurred on the nuclear power plants in these areas.

There are injuries in several prefectures (Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Chiba and Niigata) as well as 2.2 million homes without power (700,000 in Tokyo).


Cardboard beds

Cardboard beds that were launched for the Tokyo Olympics

Cardboard beds from Japan have caused a lot of talk, especially during the Tokyo Olympics.

These unusual beds have in fact existed for a long time in the country, particularly to help disaster victims.

The company Earth Cardboard is selling this unusual, cheap and quick bed in an emergency for nearly 5,000 yen (30 euros).

Against all odds, these beds seem to guarantee a comfortable night's sleep. They are also very easy to mass produce and transport.

The dimensions of the bed are 183 x 99 x 31.6 and is designed to last at least seven days as required by the Disaster Relief Act.

Also, for comparison, the cardboard desk sells for 26,400 yen (200 euros).


Deaths, births and marriages in the archipelago

The birth rate in Japan is constantly decreasing

In Japan, certain figures are worrying: births, deaths and marriages.

The number of births continued to decline in 2021 (29,786 fewer than 2020), reaching 842,897 babies born. This is the sixth consecutive year with the lowest number of births.

Also, illustrating Japan's aging population, the death toll rose by 67,745 to 1,452,289, the highest level since World War II.

Finally, there were 514,242 marriages during the year, a decrease of 4.3%.

Due to the disapproving attitude of the Japanese towards births outside marriage, it is feared that the decline in marriages will further impact the number of newborns.


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