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News from Japan - January 18, 2022

Anniversary of the Kobe earthquake (1995)

Un hommage a été organisé à Kobe pour marquer le 27e anniversaire du tremblement de terre de Hanshin, d'une magnitude de 7.3

In Kobe, a tribute was held to mark the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyōgo Prefecture.

The earthquake of January 17, 1995 at 5:46 a.m., of magnitude 7.3, caused 6,434 deaths in Hyōgo prefecture and surrounding areas.

À Kobe, 3 000 lanternes en bambous ont été allumés par les habitants en hommage au tremblement de terre de Kobe de 1995

So before dawn 3,000 bamboo lanterns were lit by the locals forming the date 1.17 (January 17) and the kanji 忘 which indicates that the people do not forget this tragic event.

Although attendance was limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds observed a minute's silence in the park at Chuo Ward's Higashi Yuenchi Park at 5:46 a.m. to pay their respects to the victims.

In addition to the many deaths, the earthquake left three people missing, 10,000 seriously injured and nearly 640,000 buildings affected. Buildings were flattened, highway overpasses and railroad tracks uprooted, and collapsed wooden houses caught fire. As the port area was damaged, the city's economy also collapsed, causing an exodus of residents from the area.

After 27 years, the city continues to transmit its duty of memory to future generations and new inhabitants. Indeed, 40% of the current inhabitants of Kobe were born after the earthquake or come from other regions. For the mayor of Kobe, Kizo Hisamoto, we must continue to “lean on the question of how to pass on the experiences and lessons of the earthquake to the next generation without losing them over time, because the number of citizens who do not 'have not experienced the disaster increases'.

At the memorial event, Sakuto Tashiro, who was 10 at the time and lost his sister in the disaster, recalled the terrible scenes. Seeing his house collapse he “felt like the world was ending.”


New Pringles Stew Flavor

Les japonais pourront acheter des Pringles au goût de ragoût à la crème

On January 24, Japanese people will be able to buy Pringles with the flavor of cream stew. It will be the brand's first limited-time flavor in 2022 in the Japanese market.

Japanese custard stew (クリームシチュー kurimu shichu) is a popular dish among the general public in Japan. Popularized at the end of the Pacific War, it is used to provide calcium in Japanese school lunches. It is a staple of yōshoku (洋食), which is Western cuisine with a Japanese twist.

The recipe is made with bechamel sauce, milk, chicken, vegetables like carrots, potatoes, onions and green peas.

In a press release, the brand says its new chips will recreate the comforting, mild flavor of cream stew, with the taste of milk and cheese.


Japan tsunami warning

Après la puissante éruption volcanique aux Tonga, le Japon est entré en alerte tsunami

After the powerful volcanic eruption in Tonga, Japan was on tsunami alert this weekend. While the Tonga Islands are more than 8,000 km from the Japanese archipelago, the Pacific and eastern coasts were hit by waves, reaching a maximum height of 1.2m.

Following the underwater volcanic eruption, only about 30 damaged fishing vessels were observed for Japan and a few vessels from the prefectures of Kochi, Miyagi and Tokushima sank.

Nevertheless, the Land of the Rising Sun is never safe from the threat of a tsunami, having already suffered 30,000 casualties in 1498 for a 10-meter wave in the Enshū Sea.

Even more recently, in 2011, Japan suffered a 40-meter earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Tōhokuen. Also known as the Fukushima nuclear accident, the country experiences 22,000 deaths. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggers a tsunami reaching up to 40 meters in height, devastating nearly 600 km of coastline, cities and port areas in its path. A wave of 14 meters also hits the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The reconstruction will take several years and its cost makes it the most expensive earthquake, ahead of that of Kobe in 1995. The losses caused by this disaster amount to 210 billion dollars.

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