As of 4:50 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22
- Japan will try to unveil in the next few days the specifics of how its "Go To Travel" subsidy program will be suspended in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases, a senior government official said Sunday.
- Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies are expected to pledge Sunday to do their best to ensure all nations have fair access to COVID-19 vaccines that are under development, officials said.
- The Japan Basketball Association said Sunday that a men's national team training camp has been suspended after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21
- Japan will limit the use of its "Go To Travel" subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic tourism due to a recent resurgence of novel coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Saturday.
- As the novel coronavirus pandemic in Japan forces people to spend more time at home, nearly 20 percent of wives and husbands said in a survey that their relationships had improved due to increased communication.
- U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday stressed the importance of worldwide access to vaccines against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, saying it is the only way to stop the pandemic.
- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. on Friday became the first U.S. company to apply for emergency use authorization for its experimental coronavirus vaccine, marking a major step in the country's fight against the pandemic.
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"