As of 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6
- Japan and China have basically agreed to resume business travel between the two countries as early as mid-November, a government source said Friday.
- Myanmar will hold a general election on Sunday amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, with the ruling party headed by highly popular government leader Aung San Suu Kyi widely expected to win the most votes again.
- Victims of sexual violence in Japan contacted support centers for help on more than 23,000 occasions between April and September, up 15.5 percent from a year earlier, partly due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a Cabinet minister said Friday.
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga warned Friday of signs of a resurgent spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan as colder weather drives more people indoors.
- A recent plan to simplify the Tokyo Olympics, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, means the event is likely to see much less hospitality extended to high-ranking Olympic officials that has fueled accusations of overindulgence at past games.
As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
- Japan's daily new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday topped 1,000 for the first time since Aug. 21, according to a Kyodo News tally based on official data.
- Expressions related to the coronavirus pandemic, including "Abenomask," "3Cs" and "self-restraint police," comprised half of the 30 buzzwords nominated to take the top prize for 2020, the award's organizer said Thursday.
- This weekend's Levain Cup final has been postponed after Kashiwa Reysol reported 10 new coronavirus cases among players and staff, the J-League said late Wednesday evening.
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"