To strengthen the fight against COVID-19, Japan on October 15 announced that it'll donate more free vaccines to Southeast Asian countries. However, Japan has already donated 25 million doses to the countries and will further donate an additional 4.9 million jabs. Reportedly, Indonesia and the Philippines will receive 2 million doses followed by 5,00,000 lakh doses to Vietnam, 4,00,000 to Thailand, and more AstraZeneca vaccines to Taiwan.
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Following a powerful earthquake in Japan's Greater Tokyo, 32 people have reportedly been injured, said media reports on October 8. Furthermore, reports said that three of them are in critical condition. Earlier, an earthquake magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale struck the capital city of Japan on the evening of October 7. However, Japan is very close to the Ring of fire that usually causes powerful earthquakes here.
After taking charge as the new Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida is reportedly ready to dissolve the current parliament and will call an election for October 31. The 64-year-old Kishida, a former foreign minister, defeated three contenders last week to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). It's being said, ''if he wins comfortably in the general election,'' he will easily win the next year's upper house election.
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The spacecraft, a joint effort of Europe and Japan, has sent its first black-and-white photo of Mercury on October 2. ''It's incredible to finally see our target planet,'' Spacecraft's Operations Manager, Elsa Montagnon said. The BepiColomo mission was launched in 2018 and two more probes will also be launched by 2025. It'll study Mercury's aspects such as magnetic field and exosphere.
After donating 30 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Asian nations, Japan pledges to donate 60 million doses on September 23. Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga also confirmed the decision to double the vaccine's donation at a global summit held in the US. Vietnam, Taiwan, and Indonesia are among the beneficiary nation. So far, nearly 55 percent of Japan's population is fully vaccinated, equating to the US vaccine number.
Daisuke Hori, 36-year-old claims the shocking experience of sleeping for only 30 minutes a day for the last 20 years has kept him fit and healthy. Hori said that he felt 16 hours were insufficient to accomplish everything thus, he chose to curb his sleeping schedule from eight hours to 30 minutes and still feels "healthy and energetic." Horis, chairman of the Short-Sleeper Association promotes this sleeping technique.
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The Google Homepage featured a beautiful illustration of the Japanese Scientist and Educator Michiyo Tsujimura for her 133rd Birthday on September 17. She was born in 1888 in Okegawa, Japan where she spent her early life teaching science. Tsujimura is remembered for her groundbreaking research into studying the nutritional benefits of Green Tea. Later, she created history by holding the dean position at the Faculty of Home Economics in 1950… read-more
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Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga has decided to submit his resignation in the presence of senior party leaders at an emergency meeting. Reportedly, Suga failed to garner the support of leaders before the leadership contest on September 29 and a general election on October 17. Besides, his support base dropped below 30% from 70% after he took power from his predecessor Shinzo Abe.
Two people die after getting vaccinated by the Moderna vaccine of coronavirus due to contaminants in vaccine vials in Japan. The use of at least 1.63 million Moderna vaccines that were shipped to 863 vaccination centers throughout Japan has been stopped. However, Moderna and Takeda said in a statement that, “At this time, we do not have any evidence that these deaths are caused by the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine".
India's table tennis player Bhavina Patel entered the finals at the Tokyo Paralympics and became the first Indian player to do so on August 27. Patel defeated China's Zhang Miao in the semi-final and also secured a medal for India. She will now face China's Ying Zhou for gold on August 28. ''I'd win my final match due to the support of the people of India,'' Patel said.
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