As of 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25 (Japan time)
- Malaysian King Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin has rejected Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's proposal to declare a state of emergency to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases, the palace said Sunday.
- ANA Holdings Inc. is planning to slash around 3,500 jobs from its current group workforce of about 46,000 by the 2022 business year, with the hit to travel demand from the coronavirus pandemic expected to be prolonged, company sources said Sunday.
- The coronavirus pandemic has changed much about how children study, from online learning to parents carrying the teaching load, but in Japan schools are looking to the internet to maintain one much-beloved tradition -- the school trip.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 (Japan time)
- Malaysia's hereditary rulers will meet soon to discuss proposals from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that could include a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which his detractors see as a desperate move to hold on to power.
- Migration to OECD member states nearly halved in the first half of 2020 from a year earlier, marking the biggest fall on record due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Paris-based organization said in a recent report.
- The head of the World Health Organization warned Friday of a resurgence of novel coronavirus infections in Europe and the United States, saying the northern hemisphere is "at a critical juncture."
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"