口蹄疫:日本政府が国連の専門家チーム派遣を断る

日本政府が国連食糧農業機関FAOの専門家派遣を断ったというニュースが2ちゃんで注目されていたので、原文を探してみた。少し古い記事だった。

(5月20日付け)According to the Japanese Embassy in Rome, the Japanese government is considering asking the FAO for help.

(5月21日付け)the Japanese government has declined a proposal by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to send an expert team to contain the escalating infection in Miyazaki.

事実の日付はニュース発行日の1日前でしょうから、在ローマ日本大使館は、5月19日の段階では、「日本政府はFAOに支援要請することを検討している」と回答していたが、20日になって本省から回答が届き、「宮崎県における感染拡大を封じ込める専門家チームを派遣するというFAOからの提案を断った」のでしょう。

現地がてんてこ舞いで忙しいという事情もありましょうが、国際政治の常識として、普通は見せたくないものがあるときに断ります(笑)。

FAOについて次に別記事としてアップします。



Outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan biggest in decade: FAO vet

Mainichi Daily News, 2010.05.20

ROME (Kyodo) -- Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, said Tuesday that the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture is one of the biggest outbreaks among advanced nations over the past decade, following epidemics in Britain in 2001.

Lubroth, in charge of farm animal disease issues at the FAO, told Kyodo News it is important to take swift action to deal with the spread of the virus, by using vaccines and killing animals that are suspected of being infected with the disease.

He suggested that it seems as if sufficient measures have not been taken to keep up with the development of the disease, while showing the FAO's readiness to dispatch experts to Japan to offer advice upon the request of the Japanese government.

According to the Japanese Embassy in Rome, the Japanese government is considering asking the FAO for help.

As to the use of vaccines, Lubroth said they would be effective in this case, referring to previous use in the Netherlands that helped to contain the spread of the disease.

He said domesticated animals should be destroyed, even if they are not confirmed to be infected, if they have had certain contact with infected animals, as once the virus spreads outside the prefecture it would be beyond the authorities' control.

The Japanese government said Wednesday it will slaughter all pigs and cows within a 10-kilometer radius of the areas hit by foot-and-mouth disease in Miyazaki Prefecture to contain the spread of the infection.



Gov't to compensate farmers for losses due to foot-and-mouth disease

Mainichi Daily News, 2010.05.21

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The farm ministry on Friday unveiled the government's additional measures over the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Miyazaki Prefecture to compensate farmers for slaughtered cows and pigs at market values, rather than uniform rates as initially planned.

The government will also shoulder the cost of feed for the domesticated animals until their slaughter.

In Saito, Miyazaki, a cow suspected to be infected with the disease was found at a farm, the municipal office said. If the infection is confirmed in tests, it means the disease has spread to two cities and four towns in the prefecture.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also decided to pay farmers 59,000 yen for each slaughtered cow as financial support for them until resumption of their operations and to pay farmers for rents of land lots used to bury the slaughtered livestock.

Farmers will also receive the state subsidy to lease cows and pigs when they restart their work.

While farm minister Hirotaka Akamatsu told a press conference Friday morning that he would like to begin vaccination on the same day, senior vice farm minister Masahiko Yamada said in Miyazaki that it would be difficult to start it Friday as no agreement has been reached with the local authorities.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government has declined a proposal by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to send an expert team to contain the escalating infection in Miyazaki.

Japan told the Rome-based FAO through the Japanese Embassy there that Japan would like to continue taking proper advice from FAO.

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