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

Students have their temperatures checked before entering the venue for their graduation ceremony at Nagoya University in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Sept. 28, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 

As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 (Japan time)

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The Eurospace movie theater in Tokyo begins allowing all seats to be booked on Sept. 19, 2020, as Japan relaxes a rule limiting the size of crowds amid signs of a recent plateauing in nationwide coronavirus cases. Audience members were previously unable to sit next to each other. (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"