Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9
- The Japan Football Association said Thursday it has relinquished its right to host the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup following discussions with world football's governing body, amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
- Japan Airlines Co. will raise some 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) in capital later this month to strengthen its financial standing as air travel demand remains weak amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
- The Japanese government decided Thursday to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency again for Tokyo and many other areas as hospitals remain stretched despite a falling number of infections, while seeking a road map for easing restrictions when most of the population is vaccinated.
- World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged some advanced countries to suspend their ongoing or planned administration of third shots against the novel coronavirus until at least the end of the year to ensure vaccine supplies for developing countries.
As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8
- A total of 323 coronavirus infections were recorded during the Tokyo Paralympics, bringing the combined total for the Paralympics and Olympics to 878 since July 1, the games' organizing committee announced Wednesday, the same day the athletes' village officially closed.
- The Japanese government plans to relax curbs to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, large-scale events and the serving of alcohol around November provided that people are mostly vaccinated, sources with knowledge of the plan said Wednesday.
- For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia and New Zealand have been lauded for successfully seeking zero community transmissions of coronavirus through strict border measures that saw their citizens live with relative freedoms.
- The Japan Football Association has decided to relinquish its right to host this year's Club World Cup due to the COVID-19 restriction6s and is in discussion with FIFA, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
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
+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"