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

Toshiro Sato, who lost his daughter in the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster, talks about the tragedy during a storytelling event on Oct. 25, 2020, in front of Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Storytelling activities at the school, where a total of 74 pupils, including his daughter, died in the tsunami, had been suspended for about nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo



As of 2:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26

As of 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25 (Japan time)

Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - October 17~23

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Mt. Suribachi (top) on Iwoto Island in the Pacific -- where the American flag was raised during the Battle of Iwojima -- is pictured on Oct. 24, 2020, as a joint Japan-U.S. memorial service is held to commemorate the 29,000 Japanese and U.S. soldiers who died in the 1945 battle during World War II. Only 35 people participated in the ceremony, which was postponed from March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) ==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"