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

Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2021, shows sake bottles on a Japanese restaurant counter in Tokyo's Shimbashi area ahead of the Oct. 1 resumption of liquor service at the restaurant following the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency at the end of Sept. 30. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1

As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30

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People line up to watch a dolphin show on the last day of Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in the Kanagawa Prefecture city of Miura, eastern Japan, on Sept. 30, 2021. Since its opening in 1968, the aquarium drew a total of 24 million people but ended its 53-year history amid dwindling visitor numbers in recent years. (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"