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

Nakamise shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa area is crowded with people on Oct. 30, 2021, on the first weekend after the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions on eateries in the Tokyo area and Osaka. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 6:25 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31

As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies gathered Saturday for two days of talks in Rome to look into the impact of rising inflation amid the uneven global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to show support for an international corporate tax reform deal.
  • Travel agency H.I.S. Co. said Saturday it expects to report a record net loss of 53 billion yen ($465 million) for the year ending this month, its second straight year in the red, as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the industry.

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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

  • 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)