Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
People head into JR Shimbashi Station in Tokyo on the night of Jan. 20, 2021. East Japan Railway Co. and other major railway companies in the capital region the same day began running final trains each night earlier in an effort to stem the spread of the resurgent coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22

As of 11:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21

Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - January 16~22

Young people wearing face masks leave the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Jan. 17, 2021, after finishing the second day of two-day unified university entrance exams newly introduced in Japan in the current fiscal year. The exams to be used for screening by more than 800 public and private universities took place at over 600 venues across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, covering over 500,000 applicants. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
    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
    (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"