As of 11 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
- The Japanese government will financially support shops and restaurants that are asked to shorten their business hours in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
- Despite a sharp rebound in Japan's growth in the July-September period, spurred by a pick-up in personal spending and exports, public concerns about the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus make it unlikely that there will be a sustained recovery in consumption anytime soon.
- Thailand's economy shrank 6.4 percent in the three months through September year on year, a smaller decline than the 12.1 percent contraction during the previous quarter, official data showed Monday.
- The Imperial Household Agency is considering suspending Emperor Naruhito's annual New Year's event at the Imperial Palace due to mounting fears about a new wave of coronavirus infections, an agency source said Monday.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as planned next summer, despite the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
As of 10 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15
- Over 80 percent of respondents have become concerned about the number of new coronavirus cases reaching a record high in Japan in recent days, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.
- Japanese manufacturers are gearing up production of face shields and masks utilizing cutting-edge technologies in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid growing concerns over a resurgence of novel coronavirus infections.
- Had the global health crisis not disrupted Japanese wrestler Mayu Mukaida’s life and the sports calendar, the 23-year-old would have made her Olympic debut at the games this past summer and then married her coach Shota Shidochi.
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"