As of 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27
- ANA Holdings Inc. said Friday it will raise up to 332.13 billion yen ($3.2 billion) by issuing new shares to bolster its financial base to weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and buy new aircraft.
- Japanese precision equipment maker Shimadzu Corp. said Friday it has started selling an automated coronavirus test device priced much lower than similar products sold by other companies.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 570 new coronavirus infections in the capital, marking the highest level on record.
- Japan will test around 15,000 people for novel coronavirus antibodies by the end of the year to get a better grasp of the infection situation amid a nationwide resurgence in new cases, the health minister said Friday.
- Japan's Imperial Household Agency said Friday it has decided to cancel Emperor Naruhito's annual New Year event at the Imperial Palace due to a recent spike in the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus.
- The city of Nagoya said it will ask stores that serve alcohol to shorten their operating hours to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, joining the ranks of Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo amid growing unease of a resurgence in metropolises and record-breaking numbers across Japan.
As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Thursday with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic high on the agenda of his first visit to the neighboring country in nearly a year.
- Tokyo's number of new daily coronavirus infections remained high Thursday, with 481 cases reported and the number of seriously ill hitting its highest level since a state of emergency declared over the pandemic was lifted in late May.
- Athletes and staff at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be asked to follow rules such as wearing masks at all times and practicing social distancing to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus during the events, sources familiar with the matter said.
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"