Selected News (updated April 4, 2020)
Coronavirus cases in Japan top 3,000 after record 357 new infections reported Friday Japan Times (April 4, 2020)
Latest video update by Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (April 3, 2020)
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Useful summary of Government Policies on Coronavirus (April 1, 2020) - also in Chinese
Updates on COVID-19 in Japan - English PPT by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (March 31, 2020)
"Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control by the Government of Japan (summary)", provisional translation (March 28, 2020) Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000617686.pdf
The Government has updated restrictions and rules for visitors/travelers (Including Japanese) arriving in Japan from Europe, the United States and other countries. As the situation is fluid, it is best to go to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's website in English, which spells out the latest rules.
Please note that arrivals from certain countries of non-Japanese national after 00:00 on 3 April are being denied entry, other than in exceptional circumstances. To confirm eligibility, before travelling you should consult with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are abroad, or the Immigration Services Agency if you are in Japan. Japan’s Immigration Services Agency can be contacted on +81 570 013 904 or +81 357 967 112.
Update on latest Government Policy on coronovirus (summary version in English, March 28, 2020): https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000617686.pdf
Coronavirus cases by prefecture (useful site): https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00657/coronavirus-cases-in-japan-by-prefecture.html
Prefectural/municipal websites offering multilingual information: links to prefectural websites offering multilingual information (such as telephone hotlines in different languages) for the following prefectures have been added: Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Iwate, Miyagi, Miyazaki, Oita, Okinawa, Osaka, Shiga, Tokyo, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi. More will be linked as the pages are found. NHK-World Japan also offers a page with multilingual numbers: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200309_48/
Information for Foreigners working in Companies: Even when the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a decrease in business for the company, foreign workers are not allowed to be treated less favorably than Japanese workers just because they are foreigners. See this page for links to explanatory notes in English, Chinese, Korean, Nepali, Vietnamese, and 9 other languages.
Nonprofit group offers to help foreign workers NHK World Japan (March 29, 2020) (Source: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200329_29/ )
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's Q&A for the General Public (unoffical English translation) (updated April 4, 2020)
To view the original Japanese Q&A, go to https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/dengue_fever_qa_00001.html
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