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

Businessmen take part in a tug-of-war event during lunchtime in the Marunouchi business district in central Tokyo on Oct. 16, 2020, wearing face masks and keeping distance from one another amid continued worries about the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)




As of 11:20 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 (Japan time)

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A testing method for infections with the novel coronavirus using a test taker's breath is demonstrated in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Oct. 16, 2020. Tohoku University and Shimadzu Corp. said the same day they have developed the new testing method, claiming that it boasts the same level of accuracy as PCR testing. (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"