2019年10月15日

台風19号 and/or Typhoon Hagibis

 首都圏を直撃した台風19号。

 断水が発生した神奈川県山北町で、到着した自衛隊の給水車に、県が「待った」をかけ、水が捨てられるという信じがたい事態が起きた。

 人口約1万人の山北町は県の最西端に位置する。
 丹沢湖があり、夏はバーベキュー客で賑わう。
 2019年10月12日夜、台風19号は神奈川県を直撃し、山北町で断水が起きた。
 町は、約20キロ離れた駒門駐屯地(静岡県御殿場市)の陸上自衛隊に「翌日(13日)、給水車を要請するかもしれない」旨連絡していた。
 13日朝4時に、自衛隊から「県知事から防衛相に自衛隊の派遣要請をする必要があります。町は県に依頼してほしい。自衛隊としては、給水車3台を午前6時に出発させます」と連絡があった。

 早速、町の防災課が県に依頼すると、マニュアルを盾に難色を示した。
 県のマニュアルによれば、自衛隊の派遣要請は、どうしようもなくなった時の最終手段だが、山北町の状況は該当しないというのだ。

 給水車3台は午前7時少し前に町に到着。
 県と町で押し問答が続いたが、県は最後まで首をタテに振らず、給水車3台の貴重な水は捨てられた。
 結局、県が別途手配した給水車は2台で、到着も13日の午後と遅れた。

町長「目の前にある水をなぜ捨てなければいけないのか」

 山北町の湯川裕司町長(67)が憤る。

「前夜から断水が発生していて、“どうしようもない状況”でした。午前7時に給水車3台が来てくれて、目の前に水があるのに、なぜ捨てなければいけないのか。いろいろと手続きがあるのは承知していますが、ケース・バイ・ケースで対応できないものか。県民が困っているのですから」

 県は13日午後1時40分、自衛隊に相模原市への派遣要請を出している。
 どうして、わずか数時間前の山北町の給水車に、県はかたくなに抵抗したのか――。
 湯川町長は、
「県には、町が余計なことをしたと見えたのでしょう」
と言う。
 県を差し置いて、町が自衛隊と連携したことがおもしろくなかったのか。
 県は、県民の安全よりも、ちっぽけなメンツを優先させたのである。

「県の職員は威張るだけ。いざという時は他人事で何もしません」
(神奈川県政担当記者)

 9月の台風15号では、千葉県の森田健作知事が登庁せず、初動対応も遅れた。

「森田知事は自民党ベッタリのタレント知事。神奈川県の黒岩祐治知事は、菅官房長官に知事にしてもらったような人です。二言目には“官邸とのパイプ”をアピールし、省庁や市町村は無視して好き勝手やっています。菅長官さえ押さえておけば身分は安泰とタカをくくっているのでしょう」
(前出の記者)

災害大国に、森田氏や黒岩氏のような住民不在のポンコツ首長は不要だ。


[写真-1]
神奈川県山北町は前夜から断水、町の交流施設も屋根まで土砂が(同町提供)

[写真-2]
県民不在(黒岩神奈川県知事)

日刊ゲンダイ、2019/10/15 14:50
台風19号で断水 町の自衛隊給水支援に神奈川県が“待った”
https://www.nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/news/263282/

The Japanese prime minister has said typhoon shelters "should be open to everyone" - after two homeless people were turned away during the country's worst storm in decades.

Typhoon Hagibis brought heavy rain and winds of 225km/h (140mph) to Japan at the weekend, killing 66 people.

But when two homeless men tried to use a shelter in Tokyo, they were turned away as they did not have addresses.

The case has caused huge debate in Japan - with not everyone sympathetic.

What happened at the shelter?

As Hagibis took hold on Saturday morning, a 64-year-old homeless man went to a primary school, which was being used as an evacuation centre.
The school was in the Taito ward of Tokyo, which includes San'ya - an area historically home to many labourers, and now homeless people.

According to officials who spoke to the Asahi Shimbun, the man was asked to write his name and address. When he said he had no address, he was turned away.

"I told them that I have an address in Hokkaido [Japan's northern island, hundreds of miles from Tokyo], but they still denied me entry," he said.

The man said he instead spent the night under an umbrella beneath the eaves of a building.

"I wanted them to allow me into the facility because the wind was strong and it was raining," he said.

Another homeless man was turned away later that afternoon.

What was the reaction?

As news spread on social media, there was outrage at the shelter's decision.

"Is this a country that's going to host the Olympics in Tokyo? [in 2020]" asked one Twitter user. "People from abroad would see this and think this is a terrible country."

The San'ya Workers' Welfare Centre, a charity, responded by opening as a shelter on Saturday night.

But others were less sympathetic, suggesting "smelly" or "mentally ill" homeless people should only be allowed into shelters if there was a separate space.

"If you claim your rights, do your duties first," said one Twitter user. "Can you sleep next to a stinking person?" asked another.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was asked about the case in parliament and said "evacuation centres should let anyone in who has come to evacuate".
"We will look into the facts and take appropriate measures," he added.
The Taito ward said it would review its procedures to help people without addresses in the ward.

'A visible libertarian streak'

Analysis by Yuko Kato, BBC News, Tokyo

Most of 1,126 homeless people in Tokyo dwell in parks, on the streets, and by the river.

Rarely do they mingle with the rest of the population - but the typhoon brought them to the forefront of our consciousness.

On Saturday night, as the torrential rain and huge gusts of wind were coursing through Tokyo, word began to spread about the shelter in Taito.

Many people were immediately outraged. On the other hand, some voiced concerns about hygiene, while others were concerned about the homeless people's mental condition.

Some were simply scared to share the same space with them.

Social media also showed up the libertarian streak that has become quite visible in Japanese public opinion. Some said the homeless shouldn't benefit from public services because they don't pay taxes.

Many rejected this - not just in terms of human decency - but also pragmatically, as the homeless do pay taxes when they buy something.

How many homeless people are there in Japan?

According to a government survey in January, there were 4,555 homeless people (4,253 male, 171 female, 131 unknown) in Japan.

That was 422 people (8.5%) fewer than the previous fiscal year.

Among all the 47 prefectures, Tokyo had the most (1,126 people), Osaka was second (1,064), followed by Kanagawa (899).

According to the Tokyo government survey from the same period, the Shinjuku ward had the most homeless people (117 people, seven fewer than a year before).

The Taito ward was second with 61 people (69 fewer than the previous year).


[video]
More than seven million people were urged to leave their homes

[photo-1]
Cleaning up in Kawasaki, Japan, after the typhoon

[photo-2]
Shinzo Abe speaking in parliament earlier this month

BBC News, 15/10/2019
Typhoon Hagibis: Homeless men denied shelter in middle of typhoon
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50052615

・ 台風直撃中に出てこない安倍首相
・ 50人以上亡くなってるのに「まずまずの被害に収まった」と言う二階幹事長
・「国に頼らない防災を」と論陣を張るメディア
・ 台風直撃中に出勤させる企業
・ 避難所からホームレスを排除する台東区
・ 上記の愚行に怒りの声を上げない国民
 日本はもう沈んでいる。

7:17 - 2019年10月14日

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