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2018年9月3日

Shizuoka Jin

Shizuoka News ★ September 2018

Applications for Kodomoen, Daycare & Preschool
For those wishing to enroll their children in authorized kodomoen, hoikuen (daycare) or small-scale daycare facilities, you will need to apply for certification according to your child’s age and daycare needs, in addition to your application for any given facility.
 
Certification is separated into three categories:
● Category 1 applies to children 3 years and older, is meant to be used for four hours of care, and can only be used at authorized kodomoen.
● Category 2 also applies to children 3 years and older, is meant to be used for up to 8 or 11 hours of care, and can be used at authorized kodomoen and hoikuen.
● Category 3 applies to children who have not yet turned 3 years old, is meant to be used for up to 8 or 11 hours of care, and can be used at certified kodomoen as well as hoikuen and small-scale daycare facilities.
 
For Categories 2 and 3, applicants must give a reason for requiring daycare for their child. Reasons include working 60 or more hours a month, pregnancy/childbirth, parent’s illness/disability, prevention of child abuse/domestic violence, etc. Please ask at your ward office’s Childcare Support Division for more details.
 
Important points:
⇒ The application guidelines will start being distributed from Sept. 14(Fri.). Application forms for Category 1 will be distributed through facilities that accept Category 1. Application forms for Categories 2 and 3 will be distributed through facilities that accept Categories 2 and 3, as well as each ward office’s Childcare Support Division.
⇒ Applications for Category 1 will start being accepted at the facility of your choice from Oct. 1(Mon.). Applications for Shizuoka’s municipal authorized kodomoen must be turned in by Oct. 5(Fri.).
⇒ Applications for Categories 2 and 3 will be accepted from Oct. 1(Mon.) through Oct. 31(Wed.). Please apply to your first choice facility or at your ward office’s Childcare Support Division.
 
For inquiries regarding facilities, fees, intake for children with disabilities and more, please contact your ward office’s Childcare Support Division.
Childcare Support Divisions by location:
Aoi Ward (City Hall Shizuoka Offices, 2F), 054-221-1095
Suruga Ward (Suruga Ward Office, 2F), 054-287-8673
Shimizu Ward (City Hall Shimizu Offices, 1F), 054-354-2358
 


Sept. 1st (Sat.) is Disaster Prevention Day
In order to stay calm after a disaster has occurred, it is important to be aware of how to be prepared and of the anticipated damage that may occur. It is recommended to talk it through with your family in advance, to be ready when the emergency arises.
 
Be Aware & Be Prepared
(1) Be aware of the dangers around you--in your home, and at your workplace.  What kinds of dangers would you be likely to face at home or around your workplace if an earthquake, landslide, windstorm and flood damage struck?
   Shizuoka City has drawn up a Disaster Prevention Information Map which outlines the anticipated damage and evacuation spots for the various disasters that are anticipated. Please take a look at it  and check out what dangers loom near you and consider what precautions to take  in such situations.  
 Search: https://www2.wagmap.jp/shizuoka-hazard/Portal
 
(2)Gather Information about what’s going on. It is important to gain accurate information in order to act appropriately. Some sources of information are announcements from the city through administrative radio system for disaster prevention, administrative transmission of information to citizens by email, data broadcasting on TV (the “d” button on the remote control) and radio are reliable sources.
 
(3)Be Prepared  It is recommended that everyone prepare  at least 7 days’ worth of food & water supplies.
Emergency Supply List (example)
Valuables Cash, bank passbook, Inkan (personal seal), driver’s license, health insurance cards, pharmaceutical prescription records, etc.
First Aid Kit   Standard medicines, painkillers, digestive medicines, bandages, sanitary products, etc.
Clothing Underwear, shirts, socks, towels, etc.
Emergency Food Supply Drinking water, dry biscuits, canned food, etc.
Other  Flashlights, lighters, batteries,  portable stoves, portable toilets, rainwear, stationery, sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries, etc.
Inquiries:  Risk Management Division Tel. 054-221-1236   Fax. 054-251-5783
 
Did you know??
Q. Do you know how much water a person needs in a day, to survive?
R. 3 Litres!  
    In the case that there is a suspension of water supply in a wide ranging area after a disaster occurs, you need to have a sufficient supply of water at hand. The recommended amount is said to be 3 litres per day, for at least 7 days, per person.
Inquiries: Waterworks Affairs Division 054-270-9117
 
Q. Can Toilets be used??
R. If a large scale earthquake has occurred, there is a possibility that the sewerage pipes may be damaged and manhole floating which would make it impossible to use the toilets.  Please refrain from flushing the toilet until your municipality has declared it to be safe.  It is recommended that every home prepare an emergency portable toilet.
Inquiries:  Sewerage Affairs Division 054-270-9203
 
 

Tips for Healthy Longevity
September is “Health Promotion & Popularization Month.” Shizuoka City enjoys some of the top lifespans for “healthy longevity” in Japan—that is, the age until which nursing care is required on a daily basis. The keys to a healthy long life are exercise, eating well, and not smoking. The last thing that should be relied on is medicine.
 
Here are tips on how to make your daily life healthier and, hopefully, extend your lifespan.
 
Exercise
Getting exercise every day can help lower your risks of lifestyle-related disease, locomotive syndrome, depression, and dementia.
Get an extra 10 minutes of exercise in every day!
Ideal walking time/no. of steps:
Persons 64 and younger: 60min/day, 8,000 steps
Persons 65 and older: 40min/day, 6,000 steps
Doing 30min of sweat-inducing exercise twice or more weekly is ideal.
 
Diet
Tasty, well-balanced meals are the foundation of a good diet. Try to eat three meals a day, keeping sodium down and getting lots of vegetables.
How to reduce sodium:
Try to have one serving of soup per day, and refrain from finishing your ramen broth. Men should aim to get up to 8g of sodium per day, while women should aim to get up to 7g.
How to get lots of vegetables:
Adults should aim to get 350g of vegetables per day. Adding an extra plate of vegetables gives you an extra 70g. 350g is equivalent to three double-handfuls of raw vegetables, or three single handfuls of boiled vegetables.
 
Smoking
Cigarette smoke is harmful to the health of not only smokers but those around them. Let’s actively try to create an environment in which support is provided to those who wish to quit smoking and secondhand smoke is eradicated.
 
Health Checks/Cancer Checks
Checkups and special health guidance provide objective confirmation of your health status, and can serve as the impetus to reevaluate your lifestyle. Make sure to get one every year.
 
80-90 percent of cancer that is detected early can be treated and cured. Make sure to get checked for cancer regularly to ensure that it is caught and treated as early as possible.
 
Inquiries: Health Promotion Division, 054-221-1571
 
 

 

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