In March 2021, the vast area of Kushiro Town, Akkeshi Town, Hamanaka Town, and Shibecha Town was designated as “Akkeshi Kiritafu Konbumori National Monument”. The Kiritafu Marsh is in the national park. The designation of a new national park in Hokkaido is the first in about 30 years since the designation of Shokanbetsu-Teuri-Yagishiri Quasi-National Park in 1990. In addition, a new national park will be added to the two national parks, Kushiro Shitsugen National Park and Akan Mashu National Park. Maybe there are many residents in Hokkaido who are expecting further enhancement of the attractiveness of the area. On March 11, 2022, the signing ceremony of the agreement aimed at securing designated welfare shelters for people requiring special attention in the event of a disaster was held at Villa Ashihara no Mori, a B-type office that supports continuous employment (Kushiro Town Beppogenya Minami). It seems that I went there. With this signing, there are 10 designated welfare shelters in the town. According to Japan’s Cabinet Office Disaster Prevention, the recommendations from the “Working Group on Evacuation from Disasters Caused by Typhoon No. 19 in 2018” under the Central Disaster Prevention Council and the Disaster Prevention Measures Implementation Council were compiled in March 2020. In December 2020, the recommendations from the “Sub-Working Group on Evacuation of Elderly People Based on 2018 Typhoon No. 19”, which continued to discuss institutional issues based on this recommendation, were compiled. Based on the recommendations from the sub-working group, the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law was revised in 2021 (Law to partially revise the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law (2021 Law No. 30): promulgated on May 10 and May 20. In response to the enforcement), the previous “Guidelines for securing and operating welfare shelters” have been revised and published so that municipalities can use them as a reference when conducting office work. Due to the revision of the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law in June 2013 based on the Great East Japan Earthquake, the mayor of the municipality may designate a facility that meets certain standards as a designated evacuation shelter in order to temporarily accommodate the victims. Because it was obligatory. In addition, efforts such as ensuring a good living environment at evacuation shelters will be imposed. In addition, among the designated evacuation shelters, the mayors of the municipalities have designated evacuation shelters with special consideration mainly for the elderly, persons with disabilities, infants and other persons who require special consideration as welfare shelters. Kushiro Town has signed an “Agreement on Designation of Designated Welfare Evacuation Centers for Persons Requiring Consideration in the Event of a Disaster” with the specified nonprofit corporation East Hokkaido Sports Commission. A designated welfare shelter is an evacuation shelter that has a system in place so that elderly people who need some special consideration in their general evacuation shelter life in the event of a disaster can lead an evacuation life with peace of mind. The new agreement aimed at designating a designated welfare evacuation center was the East Hokkaido Sports Commission, a non-profit organization, and since there are no facilities in the town to accept people with disabilities, an agreement was signed. It seems that the connection is very encouraging for the town. It seems that they will continue to work with companies and local residents to aim for a disaster-resistant town.
The production of Japanese white radish, which is rich in sweetness and is produced in Hokkaido, is the highest in Japan. It supports our Japanese daikon radish lovers. Demand seems to be stable that much, but it seems that planting is declining in the old production areas outside Hokkaido. And it is Hokkaido that has increased the production volume in a way that covers the decrease. Especially in the summer from July to September, Hokkaido-produced japanese white radishes account for 50% of the market in Tokyo and 60% in Osaka. However, as farmers age, heavy vegetables that require physical strength to be taken in are shunned, and it seems that there are many realities that are shifting to light vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. In that respect, Hokkaido seems to be relatively blessed with many agricultural specialists and successors, and it seems that there is also a phase in which radish production is flourishing.
Kushiro no Grace: The Kushiro Marsh, which extends inland from the eastern side of Hokkaido, and the hills surrounding the marsh are collectively called “Kushiro Marsh National Park”. Its total area is about 28,000 hectares, and it consists of a vast area that accommodates the 23 wards of Tokyo. It is reported to us that the Kushiro Marsh, which was once in the sea, was gradually drained 4000 to 6000 years ago, and a marsh filled with mud and sand appeared. Kushiro Wetland became Japan’s first Ramsar Convention-registered wetland in 1980 and was designated as a national park in 1987. The Kushiro River meanders through the marsh, and there are many lakes including Lake Oro. The central part of the marsh, where untouched nature remains, is strictly protected as a natural monument, a national wildlife sanctuary, and a national park special protection area. However, in recent years, changes in marsh vegetation and environmental deterioration due to the effects of land development around the marsh and past river improvement seem to have become problems. In response to this, nature restoration projects such as planting forests around the marsh and restoring the meandering of the Kushiro River are currently underway. The Kushiro Wetland Restoration Council, which promotes the natural restoration of the Kushiro Wetland, is an organization of more than 100 organizations, including government agencies, NGOs, researchers, and schools that are engaged in conservation activities, research, and environmental education based in the Kushiro Wetland. Individuals are participating.