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

People wearing face masks for protection against the coronavirus walk in Osaka’s Minami area on Sept. 28, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

 

As of 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14

  • Japan’s vaccination minister Noriko Horiuchi on Thursday inspected the National Institute of Infectious Diseases as part of efforts to propel the country’s coronavirus vaccination program to cope with a possible rebound of infections.

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13


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Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • Health ministry call center 
    COVID-19: 0120-565-653 (toll free)
    COVID-19 Vaccines: 0120-761-770 (toll free)
    -Interpreters available for English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; for Thai 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for Vietnamese 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Health ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccine Navigation website
    https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/en/

  • 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.
    03-6233-9266 
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 info
    https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/contacts
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
    0570-550571
    – 
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
    03-5388-1396
  • 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
    https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html
  • JNTO’s “Japan Visitor Hotline
    https://www.japan.travel/en/plan/hotline/
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
    050-3816-2787 
    +81-50-3816-2787
    (from overseas)