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

Maple Leaf Tavern head bartender Reuben Virasami prepares a new drink called Michoacán. As COVID-19 case numbers rise and the province begins to clamp down on social gatherings, some small businesses are worried about a return to Stage 2 which would close the inside of restaurants in Toronto. Sept. 17, 2020. (Toronto Star/Getty/Kyodo)

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 (Japan time)

Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - September 12~18

As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17 (Japan time)


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Tea cups featuring the country's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and past prime ministers are being made in Toki, Gifu Prefecture, on Sept. 16, 2020. (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 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"