Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:

Photo taken on April 7, 2021, shows cherry blossoms at the Japan Mint head office in Osaka. The famous cherry blossom viewing site is closed to the public for the second consecutive year amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 9:20 p.m., Thursday, April 8

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 7



Osaka's landmark Tsutenkaku Tower is lit up in red on April 7, 2021, as the western Japan prefecture logs a record 878 new cases of coronavirus the same day. (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)
    https://www.seikatubunka.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/chiiki_tabunka/tabunka/tabunkasuishin/0000001452.html

  • 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.
    03-6233-9266 

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's COVID-19 info
    https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/contacts
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
    0570-550571
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
    03-5388-1396

  • 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
    https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

  • JNTO's "Japan Visitor Hotline"
    https://www.japan.travel/en/plan/hotline/
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
    050-3816-2787 
    +81-50-3816-2787
    (from overseas)

  • Japan's health ministry hotline
    - Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    0120-565653

  • World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"
    https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses