Weekly Update: News on Japan & the Netherlands – Week 43, 2020

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Shimadzu Corp. President Teruhisa Ueda (left) and Tohoku University President Hideo Ono stand alongside equipment that is used to analyze exhaled breath to detect COVID-19 infections in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday. | KYODO

Update on Japan

  • On Tuesday 20 October, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 139 new cases of the coronavirus, up 61 from Monday. On Sunday 132 new cases were reported, down 103 from Saturday.By age group, the highest number of infected cases were people in their 30s (28), followed by people in their 20s (25). The number of infected people in Tokyo with severe symptoms was 24, up one from Saturday, health officials said, which has not changed so far. Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 427, and three coronavirus-related deaths were reported.
  • Japan will test measures for preventing the spread of the coronavirus at events with large numbers of spectators in a trial late this month in a baseball stadium in Yokohama packed to near capacity, officials said Thursday. The three-day trial from 30 October comes as the government considers whether to relax current limits on the number of people allowed to attend sporting and other big events.Last month, Japan raised the limit to 10,000 from 5,000 but retained a ceiling of 50% of a venue’s capacity for events with over 10,000 spectators, such as professional baseball games, effective through the end of November.

    Holding the trial in Yokohama Stadium was approved by a government subcommittee on Thursday, economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of the fight against the virus, told reporters. The 34,000-capacity stadium near Tokyo is to be the main venue for baseball and softball events for the postponed Tokyo Olympics next summer.

    The trial will be conducted by the Kanagawa prefectural and Yokohama city governments, as well as by major mobile game developer DeNA Co., whose group operates the stadium as the base of its professional baseball team, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

    “We want to mobilize the most advanced technologies to present a model and create a path toward the success of the Tokyo Olympics,” Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa told reporters after holding a meeting with DeNA’s founder Tomoko Namba.

    Regular games will be played during the three days, with the stadium filled to up to 80% capacity on the first day and possibly 100% on the final day. Using high-precision cameras and beacons, they will look into the flow and density of people entering the roofless stadium in various areas, as well as the percentage of spectators wearing masks.

    While the limits on mass spectator events have been kept in place, venues for relatively small events deemed to have lower infection risk, such as classical music concert halls and movie theaters that ban food, can operate at full capacity.

    During the subcommittee meeting, the education ministry proposed allowing those who have had close contact with COVID-19 patients but test negative and have no symptoms to sit next year’s unified university entrance exams in separate rooms. The education ministry is trying to make sure that entrance exams are conducted fairly for all students.

    “We want (students) to take their body temperatures on a voluntary basis on the day of their exams, and to give up taking the tests and do them later if they have temperatures of 37.5 C or higher,” Nishimura said.

  • Japan is considering lowering travel advisories that it issued for all countries and regions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, government officials said Thursday. In late March, the Foreign Ministry’s travel advisories were raised to Level 2 on its scale of four, requesting citizens to avoid nonessential trips as tightened border controls and the imposition of lockdowns raised the risk of becoming stranded.The ministry is thinking of lowering travel advisories that it issues due to political instability or other reasons while maintaining its more specific alerts for infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Neither is legally binding.

    “Recently, more international flights are resuming operations. Border controls have also been relaxed,” a senior official at the ministry said. The ministry may lower the travel advisory to Level 1, asking citizens to exercise caution or lift it completely.

    As for more specific travel alerts for infectious diseases, 159 countries and regions are now placed at Level 3, warning against all travel. The ministry is expected to lower the alert by one level for Vietnam and some other countries that have a low number of infections, according to the officials.

    Japan is also expected to agree with Chinta to resume travel as early as this month, by both short- and long-term businesspeople between the two countries, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. The nations are looking to revive their coronavirus pandemic-hit economies, the world’s second and third largest, through a restart of two-way business travel.

    “Japan and China are extremely important neighbors to each other and there had been many reciprocal trips before the outbreak of the coronavirus,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a press conference, without specifying when the bilateral agreement will be reached.

    “It is extremely important that economic exchanges (between Japan and China) return to a recovery path through the resumption of travel,” Kato said. If reached, the two countries’ bilateral agreement on the restart of short-term business trips will be Japan’s fourth following similar deals with Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

  • Tohoku University and precision equipment maker Shimadzu Corp. have jointly developed a system that checks exhaled breath to detect novel coronavirus infections. The testing accuracy of the system is about the same as the levels achieved by widely used polymerase chain reaction tests, according to a joint announcement by the university and Shimadzu on Friday.They aim to put the system into practical use within a few years after conducting clinical research for about six months. The system collects exhaled breath from testing subjects for five to 10 minutes to examine the water vapor contained in it.

    Analyzing proteins and other substances in the water, the system judges whether they are linked to the virus. The system then determines whether the subjects are infected or not, and estimates the risk of aggravation of their conditions. In their research so far, Tohoku University and Shimadzu have confirmed that the system can detect the virus in breath exhaled by coronavirus carriers accurately.

    The system “can also detect many viruses other than the novel coronavirus and, therefore, contribute to the post-COVID fight against infectious diseases,” Tohoku University President Hideo Ono said.

  • JR Central on Monday invited media for a test ride of the revised Linear Chuo Shinkansen, its new maglev bullet train service that will link Tokyo and Osaka in record speeds once completed.The new trains, which have been on test runs on the Yamanashi experimental track in central Japan since August, will be able to reach speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour — around twice that of current shinkansen services.

    The interior of the cars employs a bright design based on a white motif, with widened seats and higher backrests to ensure spacious comfort for each passenger. The seats, which use a new style of cushion, are all outfitted with USB charging ports.

    In order to reduce vibrations and noise reflected within the train, new materials used for the end cars differ from those used for the other cars. The updated cars now have space to place bags at the foot of each seat.

    The revised shinkansen marks the fourth generation model to be designed since full-run test drives commenced on the Yamanashi line in 1997. Compared with previous L0 Series rolling stock, the noses of the end cars are more rounded, reducing air resistance by around 13%. Its weight has also been reduced by utilizing a power supply which generates electricity from coils installed both on the ground and on board.

    The maglev train project is viewed as a second high-speed link for the country’s three key metropolises: Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. “There are many tunnels along the planned line, so we made the inside of the train cars bright and improved comfort,” said an official from Central Japan Railway Co.

    Local governments and residents in the central prefecture of Shizuoka are opposing the maglev line construction work, forcing the operator to give up on its original plan to open the new line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027.

  • Japan’s annual electronics and information technology show kicked off online Tuesday with a focus on cutting-edge technologies and solutions designed to help people ride out the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, or CEATEC, is scheduled to be held virtually through Friday due to the virus outbreak after being held at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, near Tokyo, for the past 20 years.

    Ironically, the volume of visitors caused temporary access issues for the exhibition’s website after the opening ceremony, prompting organizers to limit the number of new arrivals to stabilize the site.

    “You can experience the exhibition from anywhere at any time because it’s totally online,” Kiyoshi Shikano, the executive producer of the show, said Monday in an online press conference.

    Sharp Corp. is showcasing transparent screens that function not only as counter partitions between staff and customers in shops or medical institutions but also can display words and images, allowing them to show information or instructions for visitors.

    Alps Alpine Co. is displaying touchless panels with buttons that people can “press” just by hovering their fingers a few centimeters above the screen.

    Panasonic Corp. is featuring its artificial intelligence chatbot system “WisTalk,” which was developed to help people working remotely at home by automatically replying to routine inquiries, letting them concentrate on more important tasks. The AI system requires a three-week preparation period to familiarize itself with the employee correspondence routines it will be tasked with completing.

    Many online conference sessions will be held over the four-day event to discuss technologies that are expected to be useful in the post-coronavirus world, including one welcoming Eric Yuan, CEO and founder of Zoom Communications Inc. on Tuesday.

    Zoom’s video conference technology has become a go-to for people isolated at home around the world during the pandemic.

    Yuan said such remote communication technologies have “completely changed” people’s way of life, providing new services including telehealth consultations in which medical professionals can talk with patients via their internet-connected device and even some instances of “zoom marriages.”

    In other fields, Toshiba Corp., returning to the event after a six-year absence, is touting its highly accurate cancer detection technology that can distinguish 13 types of cancer from microRNA in the blood in less than two hours.

    NEC Corp. is presenting a concept to use its latest facial recognition technology to facilitate seamless travel or shopping. After registering scans of customers’ faces, it enables people to board a plane without tickets or buy items without cash or credit cards.

    To make up for the lost face-to-face contact with exhibitors this year due to the online format, visitors can remotely communicate with each company via the chat function on the exhibition’s website, CEATEC organizers said.

    The organizers said they received applications from 356 companies and institutions, including 71 from overseas, to join the online event this year, slightly up from 355 last year. More than 200,000 visitors are expected to access the website.

    Shikano also said Monday he is considering holding the event in a “hybrid style” next year, making it partially online while trying to secure a physical venue such as Makuhari Messe for exhibitors to still have an in-person presence.

    The CEATEC website will be available until the end of the year without the live chat function, letting viewers see the participants’ displays and watch conferences recorded over the four days, the organizers said.

  • Wild deer at Nara Park in western Japan, a major tourist attraction, have often suffered from eating plastic bags discarded by visitors, but local companies have now succeeded in developing paper bags that the animals can digest. The deer-friendly bags use paper made with rice bran, and hence poses fewer health risks if they are eaten, according to one of the three developers.”We made the paper with the deer in mind,” said Hidetoshi Matsukawa, president of one of the developers called Naraism. “Tourism in Nara is supported by deer and we will protect them, and also promote the bags as a brand for the Nara economy.”

    Plastic bags discarded by visitors are a threat to the deer dwelling in and around the vast park. Last year, masses of tangled up plastic litter and packets were retrieved from the stomachs of several dead deer.

    More than 1,000 deer roam in the park and visitors are allowed to feed them with digestive and sugar-free deer crackers, or “shika sembei.” The crackers are sold in nearby shops and do not use plastic wrapping. But some tourists are apparently giving them other snacks taken from plastic bags.

    The digestible bags are made of rice bran — an ingredient in the deer crackers — and pulp recycled from milk packages. They are more easily dissolved in water while being less durable than normal paper, according to the firm, based in the town of Tawaramoto, Nara Prefecture.

    As the new paper is designed to be as safe as possible for the deer, developing the product involved some problems, such as dealing with the powdery uncoated surface of the paper which had caused printing machines to clog up, Matsukawa, 43, said.

    Nara Chuo Shinkin Bank, a cooperative financial institution based also in the town, about a 30-minute drive from the park in the city of Nara, purchased 3,000 of the deer-friendly bags to support the local companies’ efforts, its executive Teruo Nakata said. The bank has been giving the bags to its clients to help them carry documents and they have become a much-talked-about item in the area, the 63-year-old said.

  • Some Japanese research institutions developing coronavirus vaccines have been hit by cyberattacks, apparently from China, in what are believed to be the first cases of their kind in the country, a U.S. information security firm said Monday.Amid an intensifying race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, those bodies have been targeted by attacks since April but no reports of information leaks have been made, according to CrowdStrike.

    The government’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has urged drugmakers and research organizations to raise alert levels against such attempts to steal confidential information. The U.S. firm did not disclose the names of the targeted institutions, but said it suspects the attacks have been made by a Chinese hacker group, based on the techniques employed.

    The attacks involved sending emails attached with electronic files, which seemed to be related to the new virus but contained computer viruses, according to the company. Scott Jarkoff, CrowdStrike’s director responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, pointed out that espionage attempts led by governments have been intensifying as they seek to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, ahead of other countries.

    Around 190 vaccine projects were in progress as of late September, some of which have entered the final stages of trials, according to data from the World Health Organization and other bodies. In Japan, the University of Tokyo, Osaka University and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, among others, have joined the race.

    The government-sponsored Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, or AMED, which allocates state funds to support medical research, has adopted 20 vaccine projects conducted by universities and private companies.

    Major pharmaceutical firms, including Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Daiichi Sankyo Co., have been selected for the agency’s support scheme for COVID-19 vaccine development, which grants up to ¥10 billion to each project, according to AMED. But it is still unknown when the first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine will see widespread use, while some foreign countries aim to introduce their own by the end of the year.

    Masakatsu Morii, a professor versed in information security at Kobe University, said it is a matter of course for information on COVID-19 vaccines to be subject to cyberattacks, as hacker groups tend to steal confidential information that is at the center of attention.

    “The Japanese government should provide sufficient support for security, in addition to vaccine development, as it is projected to take a few years before (coronavirus vaccines) will be supplied in a stable manner,” Morii said.

  • Japan’s chief government spokesman said on Tuesday the country will put cyberattack countermeasures in place to make sure the Tokyo Olympics are a success. Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they said were a series of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato also told a news conference that Japan was in close contact with the United States and United Kingdom over the issue and was gathering and analyzing information, but did not give further details. British and U.S. officials said the attacks were conducted by Unit 74455 of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, also known as the Main Center for Special Technologies.

    The 2020 organizing committee said in a statement there was “no significant impact observed” from possible cyber attacks on its operations. The attacks on the 2020 Games are the latest in a string of hacking attempts against international sporting organizations that Western officials and cybersecurity experts say have been orchestrated by Russia since its doping scandal erupted five years ago. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.

    An International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman said they emphasized cybersecurity. “The IOC and the Organizing Committees of the Olympic Games have identified cybersecurity as a priority area and invest a lot to offer the Olympic Games the best cybersecurity environment possible,” the spokesman told Reuters in an email.

    “Given the nature of the topic, we do not divulge those measures.” Britain and the United States said on Monday the hackers were involved in other attacks, such as the hack of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea, which compromised hundreds of computers, took down Internet access and disrupted broadcast feeds.

    The attack in South Korea had previously been linked to Russia by cybersecurity researchers but was made to look like the work of Chinese or North Korean hackers, Britain’s foreign ministry said. Other offensive cyber operations allegedly conducted by the GRU officers since 2015, according to the Justice Department, included the global cyberattack known as NotPetya.

    In 2017, destructive NotPetya malware spread globally out of Ukraine, infecting and locking up thousands of computers belonging to corporations. Experts say NotPetya caused upwards of $1 billion in losses. At the time, companies publicly affected by NotPetya included FedEx Corporation and pharmaceutical giant Merck.

Update on the Netherlands

  • On Monday, the GGDs reported 8,015 positive corona tests to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). This is almost 17% more cases than a week earlier (6,854), the institute announced on Monday.The number of new positive tests has decreased slightly compared to last weekend, when 8,141 and 8,184 positive tests were reported consecutively. The number of corona-related deaths (17) is higher than last Monday (12). In the remainder of that week, the number of daily reported deaths increased slightly.

    Already about 20% of regular healthcare has been scaled down at hospitals in the Netherlands to make room for more coronavirus patients. The hospitals in different regions of the Netherlands have scaled down service based on the impact of the virus in their own area, said Ernst Kuipers, the head of the LNAZ, the Dutch acute care providers network.

    Air ambulance teams are again being used to help move coronavirus patients for the first time in months. Trauma helicopters were used during the first wave of Covid-19 patients, particularly to bring patients from the Netherlands to Germany.

    “The first helicopters have already taken off to transport patients across the country more quickly,” Kuipers said. A helicopter was used to take someone from the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam to the Twente Hospital in Almelo, and then the crew was going to pick up a patient in Zaandam to bring them to Groningen.

    As of Monday, no patients had been taken to Germany during the second wave. From the springtime through May, at least 58 intensive care patients were taken to Germany. The last patient from the Netherlands being treated there passed away at the beginning of June.

  • While the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic dealt an unprecedented blow to the Dutch economy, the Netherlands is still doing better than many other European countries, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Tuesday. This may have to do with the Netherlands’ “intelligent lockdown” keeping more sectors open than in other countries with stricter lockdowns.In the second quarter, the Dutch economy contracted by 8.5% compared to the previous quarter. “This was the strongest contraction ever recorded,” the stats office said. But compared to other European countries, the Dutch economy came off favorably. Germany’s economy shrank by 9.7%, Belgium’s by 12.1%, and France’s by 13.8%. The Spanish economy was the hardest hit economy within Europe, shrinking a massive 17.8%. Finland was least affected, seeing its economy contract only 4.4%.

    A major factor in the contraction of economies was the decline in household consumption during the various countries’ lockdowns. In the Netherlands, household consumption shrank 10.8% in the second quarter, compared to the first. In Germany consumption shrank 9.5%, in Belgium 11.5%, in France 12%. Spain saw consumption fall 23.7%, and Finland 6.4%.

    The Netherlands is also doing well in terms of unemployment, when compared to other European countries. In August, 4.6% of the Dutch workforce were unemployed, lower than Belgium’s 5.1%, France’s 7.5%, and Spain’s 16.2%. Germany scored better here, with an unemployment rate of 4.4%in August. The Czech Republic had the lowest unemployment rate in Europe at 2.7%.

    According to Statistics Netherlands, a source of international concern is a spike in youth unemployment. In the Netherlands, youth unemployment rose to 11.3% in August. In Spain it was a massive 43.9%.

  • D66 parliamentarians Jan Paternotte and Antje Diertens want the coronavirus test center at Schiphol airport to be reopened, calling the testing of incoming travelers a “necessary part of controlling the virus”, they said to AT5.The coalition party MPs posed questions about this to Health Minister Hugo de Jonge. “Schiphol is the busiest airport in Europe this month. Number of corona tests at Schiphol this month: 0. How can the test center still be closed?” Paternotte said on Twitter.

    The test center at Schiphol airport opened on 13 August. From that date, travelers arriving from Covid-19 hotspots were asked to have themselves tested, even if they did not have symptoms. They were also asked to quarantine for two weeks. The center was closed again on 12 September, due to capacity problems.

    In response to previous questions from the two MPs on this subject, De Jonge said that no random checks are being done to make sure that airline passengers are sticking to the quarantine rules. The Ministry is currently investigating options on this point. “However, there are various legal obstacles with regard to privacy legislation that complicate registration and follow-up calls. We are now also exploring a digital system for registration.”

    De Jonge said that “testing persons without symptoms is not considered a priority” by the Outbreak Management Team. That combined with the increased pressure on testing capacity as Covid-19 infections started to rise rapidly last month, resulted in him deciding “to temporarily stop testing people without symptoms, including travelers at Schiphol.”

    De Jonge added that he could have been more clear about the fact that the Schiphol test location was “part of an experiment on the value of testing people without symptoms”, and not a measure of itself.

    Last week health service GGD said in a letter to parliament that they don’t consider a Covid-19 testing station at Schiphol to be worth it. According to the health service, the “find rate” (the percentage positive tests) at Schiphol was about half as low as the find rate in other test centers. “With a find rate that is almost half lower than in the other test centers in the Netherlands, it can be concluded that the testing of travelers at Schiphol is less efficient in detecting positive people than testing people with symptoms,” the health service said. That capacity can better be used elsewhere.

    Paternotte pointed out on Twitter that “Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and many other countries” are testing travelers coming from hotspots at their airports.  According to De Jonge, Germany discontinued the free coronavirus tests at its airports on 15 September “because too much laboratory capacity was used”. Testing at Frankfurt Airport is not mandatory but it is available for anyone arriving from a risk area within 10 days of landing in Germany, according to the airport’s website.

  • A group of catering entrepreneurs will appear in the court in The Hague on Tuesday, fighting the government’s order that they be closed for everything but takeaways during the partial lockdown. About 60% of Dutch support the catering sector in this lawsuit, according to a survey among 2,400 Netherlands residents by Hart van Nederland.77% of respondents said that restaurants should be allowed to reopen, provided that they comply with the coronavirus rules. A fifth called that a bad idea and want restaurants to stay closed or the time being. Some 75% of respondents said that they are supporting restaurants during the lockdown by ordering take-out meals.

    While the catering entrepreneurs can count on public support, the responsible politicians are not on their side when it comes to reopening. During Monday’s meeting of the Security Council, the council for the 25 security regions in the Netherlands, Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus and Council chairman Hubert Bruls both said that it is too soon to reopen the catering industry.

    “We recognize that many catering establishments, cinemas and entrepreneurs have done their best and have adhered to the rules,” Grapperhaus said, according to Hart van Nederland. “But right now we need to reduce group sizes, reduce movements.” Reopening restaurants would be counterproductive to that.

  • Food Bank Netherlands has seen the supply of food at the Dutch food banks decline for several weeks. This is due to fewer donations, combined with more people in need of aid. More and more food banks across the country are dealing with shortages, resulting in customers receiving less extensive packages. The shortages differ per location, but it most often concerns perishable products, like cheese and meat, Pien de Ruig of Food Bank Netherlands said to NOS.”We have seen a lot less food coming to us lately,” De Ruig said. “We see that supermarkets are much more aware of food waste, which is of course a good thing, but because of that the food is no longer coming to us.” Donations from local suppliers and restaurants are also disappearing.

    “Everyone is trying to survive in these times of crisis. At the moment there are some food banks with really empty shelves, which is a signal that we must take seriously,” De Ruig said.

    The number of people counting on food banks for their meals has been increasing for some time. On the last measurement date on 30 June, a total of 38 thousand households received aid from food banks every week – 8.5% more than a year earlier.

    The organization is preparing for helping even more people in the coming period, as the coronavirus crisis leaves more families in need of aid. “If we structurally receive less food on the one hand and more clients on the other, then we really end up in a dilemma,” De Ruig said.

  • More and more facemasks are found on the street. The masks have been among the litter since the beginning of the corona crisis, but the numbers will only increase in the near future. This is what Helene van Zutphen, director of Nederland Schoon, the foundation that works nationally against littering, says in conversation with NU.nl.Volunteers of the foundation have been encountering corona-related litter in the Netherlands since the COVID-19 outbreak. At the beginning, they mainly found gloves, but since the commencement of the mandatory masks in public transport on 1 June, masks started to take the upper hand among the street waste.

    After the cabinet issued an urgent advice for masks in public interior spaces last month, the number of disposable masks on the street has “increased enormously”, according to Van Zutphen. She fears that the inconvenience will only increase as soon as the cabinet introduces a mandatory mask. “In that respect, litter is a reflection of society,” she says.

    The masks are mainly on the doorsteps of shops and supermarkets, according to the Nederland Schoon director. The problem appears to be greater in cities than in villages. According to Van Zutphen, this is because there are more shops there, but also because people “feel more anonymous and are more inclined to throw something on the street”.

    The biggest problem with mouth masks lying around is the damage the protective equipment causes to nature. The disposable version is partly made of polypropylene, an almost unbreakable plastic. “But it is also a piece of litter that causes irritation,” says Van Zutphen. “It is slightly dirty. It is different from, say, a receipt on the street.”

    To raise awareness of this litter problem, Nederland Schoon and the Plastic Soup Foundation are launching a national campaign on Tuesday. With the slogan “Don’t make your face mask a stray mask”, all Dutch citizens are called on to throw masks away with the residual waste in the trash. The organizations also advise to use reusable masks. “That is the best solution”, says Van Zutphen.

  • Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten and De Hoge Veluwe National Park advise hikers to avoid well-known places because of the expected crowds this Sunday in the forests and on the Veluwe. Many people go out into nature for a walk because of the beautiful autumn weather and the autumn holidays. It is also one of the few outings possible due to the corona measures.”But the 1.5 meter distance also applies in the forest”, according to Natuurmonumenten. “Wearing a mask, for example, is mandatory in a covered location such as a watchtower. Group formation is prohibited.” Natuurmonumenten therefore deploys supervisors in the busiest places. Municipalities and safety regions are also alert to possible crowds and can close busy roads and full parking spaces where necessary.

    Nature managers advise hikers to look for a quiet alternative. “Our website contains thousands of walks, there are plenty of quiet places”, according to Natuurmonumenten. Staatsbosbeheer has also made a long list of “unknown regions”. Many visitors are also expected on the Veluwe. The Hoge Veluwe National Park has calculated that there is room for 127,000 hikers and cyclists in the extensive nature reserve.

    “It is not necessary to book in advance for a visit to the park. We do a health check at the gate and there is a registration requirement. There are really quiet areas in the park,” said a spokesman.

Update on Dujat & Members

  • Next week, our Cybersecurity Webinar will take place, where we approach this issue from a multi-disciplinary perspective with 3 major themes: operational, insurance and legal.The webinar will be in English and Japanese with speakers from Deloitte, Jones Day and AON. Invitations were sent out last week, contact us if you missed it!

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