Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:

Employees at Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital in Tokyo wave as the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatic team performs a flyover in the skies above the Japanese capital to express appreciation for medical workers on the frontlines fighting against the new coronavirus on May 29, 2020. The hospital has provided treatment for coronavirus patients. (Kyodo)

As of 11 p.m., Saturday, May 30 (Japan time)

Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - May 23-29

As of 11 p.m., Friday, May 29 (Japan time)


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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 Regarding COVID-19"
    (April 10~May 20, 2020)
    - Available in English, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese and Portuguese on designated weekdays. Check schedule here.
    - Available in English and Chinese on weekdays only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's COVID-19 info

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    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"


People visit the Ichihara Elephant Kingdom zoo in Ichihara, near Tokyo, on May 29, 2020. The zoo reopened after a coronavirus state of emergency was lifted in Chiba Prefecture earlier in the week. (Kyodo)