Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29
- Japan confirmed more than 82,000 daily coronavirus infections on Saturday, reaching a new record for the fifth straight day, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to spread across the country.
- An extra round of unified university entrance exams started across Japan on Saturday for students who missed out on the annual tests earlier this month due to coronavirus infections and other illnesses, as well as the impact of a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic eruption in Tonga.
As of 11 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28
- U.S. Forces Japan will lift COVID-19 restrictions on its personnel's activities outside bases in Japan at the end of this month as scheduled, Japan's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- Japan will further shorten the quarantine period to seven days from the current 10 for people who have been in close contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.
- Japan confirmed more than 80,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive day, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc across the country.
- The number of foreign technical trainees working in Japan declined for the first time in October last year, down 12.6 percent year-on-year due to tighter border controls amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Friday.
- The net population influx into Tokyo decelerated further in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the smallest since 2014 when the current survey format was introduced, government data showed Friday.
- The International Monetary Fund said Thursday the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to have "significant scarring effects" on Japan, but the world's third-largest economy needs to work on post-pandemic policies to ensure sustainable growth despite its rapidly aging and shrinking population.
Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan
- Health ministry call center
COVID-19: 0120-565-653 (toll free)
COVID-19 Vaccines: 0120-761-770 (toll free)
-Interpreters available for English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; for Thai 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for Vietnamese 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Health ministry's COVID-19 Vaccine Navigation website
- 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)