Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
No spectators are allowed at a baseball game between the Orix Buffaloes and the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome Osaka in the western Japan city on April 27, 2021, under a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures as well as Tokyo. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
As of 9:10 a.m., Wednesday, April 28
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, April 27
- A health ministry panel may decide as early as May 20 whether to approve Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in Japan, government sources said Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a second type of shot to be available in the country after the one developed by Pfizer Inc.
- Japan will provide 4.2 billion yen ($39 million) in grant aid through an international organization to 31 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to help them build a cold-chain distribution network for COVID-19 vaccines, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Japan’s largest mask maker Unicharm Corp. launched on Tuesday see-through face masks created particularly to enable better communication with deaf people during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The inflow of people into Tokyo exceeded the outflow by only 7,537 in fiscal 2020, compared with 83,455 in the previous year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Tuesday.
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday instructed Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi to set up a large-scale vaccination center in Tokyo to deliver COVID-19 shots to the elderly faster.
- The Bank of Japan projected Tuesday its 2 percent inflation target will not be attainable in 2023 when Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s current term ends, underscoring the daunting challenge he continues to face despite a decade of aggressive monetary easing.
- Japan will remain a destination to which U.S. citizens should “reconsider travel,” the U.S. State Department said Monday based on its latest travel advisory assessment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The United States will share with other countries its stock of up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc’s coronavirus vaccine as they become available over the next few months, the White House said Monday.
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Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks in Seoul on April 27, 2021, during a forum to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat by China, Japan and South Korea, wearing a mask 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
+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“