In the press assessment from Friday 19. March we will discuss: the lack of evacuation plans for the No. 2 nuclear power plant in Tôkai, the gatherings to admire the cherry blossoms and the return of the national tournament medium-sized schools baseball.

Insufficient evacuation plans at Tôkai power plant

The district court in Mito, which on March 18 ordered the suspension of the Tôkai No. 2 nuclear power plant, also criticized the local authorities for not having established a evacuation plans realistic for the inhabitants. The 14 affected municipalities within a radius of 30 kilometers around the facility have a total population of 940,000 inhabitants who must be evacuated in the event of an accident. However, only five municipalities managed to make an evacuation plan, but according to the court, they do not have a system that can be used. For the other nine municipalities, they have not yet established an evacuation plan, one of the most important obstacles is to find a means of transport to take the inhabitants to the evacuation site.

Rejection of ” hanami »In Tokyo

Yoshino cherry blossoms began blooming on March 14 in central Tokyo, on a par with last year for the earliest flowering ever seen. While the event typically receives over 3 million visitors per year, people have been encouraged to do so do not see the flowers. Near the river, signs indicating ” please refrain from gathering to admire the cherry blossoms Has been installed. Night lights and other festive events around this nature’s play have also been canceled. A 50-year-old employee of the company who lives nearby said: “ It’s a little sad, but I want to enjoy them early in the morning and avoid the crowds. “

Resumption of the national high school baseball tournament

After a two-year hiatus, the nation’s best high school baseball team returned to Nishimomiya, Hyôgo County in a national tournament. The six teams that played on March 19 marched through Hanshin Koshien Stadium for the opening ceremony. Normally, the 32 teams participating in the competition make a large entrance to the stadium, but precautions have been necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic. The thirty teams will compete against each other during the 13 days. However, the large crowds that traditionally fill the stands at Koshien will also be affected. In fact, each school is only allowed to bring in 1,000 students and other people to encourage the team.