Naomi Osaka & Typhoon Jebi : This Week in Japan
1. 20 year old Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams in US Grand Slam
In recent news about 20-year old tennis champion Naomi Osaka beating American all-star Serena Williams spread internationally like wildfire. In one of the most intense finals of the US Open, Osaka narrowly defeated her long-time personal tennis hero.
Aside from the Williams-Ramos controversies, Osaka managed to remain calm and focused in her play. Despite the crowd siding on Serena, Osaka’s love and respect for Williams followed through the form of tennis.
After her win, an incredible sense of sportsmanship was showed by Williams to Osaka when the trophy ceremony had begun. A roar of boos from the crowd erupted, and Osaka, obviously very tired and overwhelmed began to cry before Williams offered some advice and a hug from Osaka’s hero. Williams then proceeded to shut down the crowds booing and sought to bring attention to Osaka’s success in the game, recognizing the talent and strength of Osaka’s gameplay.
Aside from the issues Williams had with Ramos during the game, they both showed extreme grace after the game, praising each other for a great game.
In Osaka’s acceptance speech, she apologies for the results and in a truly Japanese way, she thanks everyone for watching the match.
In a later interview with Osaka, questioning why she chose to apologize in her final speech was because she understood how many fans rooted for Williams to win. She goes on to explain that although she is also a massive fan of Williams, she is also a massive fan of tennis, making her able to switch her perspective on the court from a Williams fan to a tennis athlete. Osaka then mentions that the opportunity to play against Williams was a dream come true for her, and she was extremely grateful and lucky to have won.
Osaka’s claim of the US Grand Slam title has now raised hopes for an inclusive Japanese identity, as she is one of the several mixed-race athletes who represent Japan.
Current updates about Hokkaido Earthquake and typhoon JebiThese last couple of weeks in Japan have been rough for everyone. Not only have we had the long and excruciating Summer heatwave and the storms that followed, but Typhoon Jebi and the Hokkaido Earthquake also came to wreak havoc.
Typhoon Jebi, which started on the island of Shikoku on September 4th was recorded as the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, making it the strongest typhoon in the last 25 years. Making its way to Honshu, Jebi hit Kobe and Osaka with winds that destroyed and blew off trees, roofs of homes, and power lines. Following the Typhoon in Osaka came storm surges and rainfall that caused transportation and Kansai Airport to shut down.
The total casualty count is currently at 7, with more than 100 injured by debris that the violent winds carried. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged residents to evacuate early and canceled an emergency trip to Kyushu to oversee the government’s response. Typhoon Jebi has now calmed down a bit, with the Kansai region now trying to build back the estimated 2.3-4.5 billion dollars in damage.
Two days following Typhoon Jebi, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido, where an estimated 41 people have died. Nine people are still missing as rescue workers are still continuing to use backhoes and shovels through the dirt, fallen trees, debris and rubble left by the landslide to search for the missing. In the Kiyota ward in Hokkaido saw liquified earth that sank houses, cracking roads and unleashed a mudflow that had solidified and trapped vehicles in parking lots. Electricity and trains are now moving again, however many hundred are still left without power in Hokkaido’s north.
Around 3,000 people are staying in temporary shelters, and over 600 people were injured from this disaster. Continuing today is the 40,000 rescue workers, self-defense forces, sniffer dogs, bulldozers, and search helicopters who are tirelessly working to rebuild.
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Here at Tokyo Creative, we would like to offer our condolences to those who have lost family, friends or loved ones to these disasters, as well as extending our support for those who are still trying to regain contact to those who are still missing or who are injured. We hope everyone is safe, has access to shelter, and is healthy, so please take care of one another in these times of need!
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