Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond: 

A pedestrian wearing a face mask for protection against the coronavirus is pictured in Tokyo’s Shibuya area on Aug. 23, 2021, a day ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Paralympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24

  • The Tokyo Paralympics will begin Tuesday night following a one-year postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, with unanswered questions over the safety of participants and the Japanese public during the world’s largest event for athletes with disabilities.
  • U.S. health authorities said Monday they have granted full approval for the Pfizer Inc. COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first such vaccine in the country where three have been administered under emergency use to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As of 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23

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A countdown clock in front of JR Tokyo Station on Aug. 23, 2021, shows “zero” before the Aug. 24 opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS)” multilingual hotline
    – Available in Simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Khmer, and Burmese, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays except national holidays. 
    0120-296-004 (toll free)

  • AMDA Medical Information Center’s “Multilingual Consultation Service
    – Available in Simple Japanese and English, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese on designated weekdays. Check schedule here.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 info
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
  • Japan National Tourism Organization’s “Guide for when you are feeling ill”
    Multilingual clinic/hospital search available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
  • JNTO’s “Japan Visitor Hotline
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
    (from overseas)
  • Japan’s health ministry hotline
    – Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • World Health Organization’s “Q&A on coronaviruses