As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Japan time)
- The Tokyo Games organizing committee showed off a trial run Wednesday of the process that may be used for admission into venues at next year's games, including several ways of detecting fever in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government said Wednesday that its survey has found 79 percent of volunteers for next summer's Olympics and Paralympics are concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
- ANA Holdings Inc. is expecting to book a record group net loss of around 530 billion yen ($5 billion) for the business year through next March as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand for air travel, company sources said Wednesday.
- Japan expects to see the number of newborns drop sharply next year, as the number of pregnancies reported across the country fell 11.4 percent in the three months from May compared to a year earlier due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, health ministry officials said Tuesday.
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Japan time)
- The Japanese government's "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign covered 25.18 million domestic overnight stays for about two months since its launch through the end of September, the tourist ministry's preliminary figures showed Tuesday.
- Japan's annual electronics and information technology show kicked off online Tuesday with a focus on cutting-edge technologies and solutions to help ride out the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- Japan and China are expected to agree as early as this month on resuming travel by both short- and long-term businesspeople between the two countries, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.
- Japanese comedian-turned-actor Masanori Ishii is hoping his recently opened exhibition of photos of leprosy sanatoria across Japan will serve as a reminder of the historic discrimination sufferers faced and help prevent similar prejudice against COVID-19 patients and health care workers.
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
+81-50-3816-2787 (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"