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

"Miko" shrine attendants participate in a bucket relay during a fire drill at Omiwa Shrine in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Jan. 25, 2023. The hall of worship and the three torii gates are designated as important national cultural properties. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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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
    (from overseas)