Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:

People wearing face masks for protection against the coronavirus walk in Tokyo's Shibuya area on Sept. 28, 2021. The Japanese government formally decided the same day to lift the COVID-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and 17 other prefectures, as infections have declined from their peak. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29

As of 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito is projected on a screen during the opening ceremony of the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Sept. 28, 2021. The emperor attended the ceremony remotely from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo amid the coronavirus pandemic. (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"