Selected News

(Updated April 4, 2020)

April 4, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Japan top 3,000 after record 357 new infections reported Friday​ - Japan Times

April 3, 2020

Latest video update by Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (April 3, 2020)

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April 1, 2020

Useful summary of Government Policies on Coronavirus (April 1, 2020) - also in Chinese

March 29, 2020

Nonprofit group offers to help foreign workers  NHK World Japan 


March 29, 2020

Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases, record daily increase​  Kyodo News

March 26, 2020

Is Tokyo heading for a lockdown? (NHK World Japan)


March 24, 2020

Government unveils guidelines for reopening schools (NHK World Japan)                                                              Source:

March 23, 2020

The Government has updated restrictions and rules for visitors/travelers (Including Japanese) arriving in Japan from Europe, the United States and selected Asian countries 



March 18, 2020

Japan to ask 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from Europe (Kyodo)


March 11, 2020

Coronavirus:  Government requests 10 more days of event cancellation (NHK World-Japan)


March 9, 2020

Expert Meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control "Views on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control" (As of March 9)

The Expert Meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control released "Views on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control" summarizing the results of the study based on the analysis of the Cluster Response Team of MHLW.
According to this document, the Japanese situation as of today (March 9) is not moving toward an explosive spread of infections, and appears to be somewhat holding steady. In addition, regarding measures in Hokkaido, it is difficult to estimate the effect about at least two weeks after the declaration of state of emergency in Hokkaido, and thereafter, the analysis of the effects of this measures is scheduled to be announced around March 19.

Source:  "Views on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control" (As of March 9) (summary in English):

March 10, 2020

Press Conference on Coronavirus held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (held on March 10, 2020). 

Resources in English:


March 10, 2020

"Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to give prime minister the ability to declare emergency amid virus outbreak", Japan Times 

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March 7, 2020

"People move up Japan travels to avoid quarantine", NHK World Japan (video news in English)


March 6, 2020

"Student creates online map charting coronavirus cases across Japan", Kyodo

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March 3, 2020

"18 countries, regions restricting entry from Japan over virus", The Mainichi (newspaper). 


March 1, 2020

"Preventing Outbreaks of the Novel Coronavirus", English translation (March 1, 2020).

Source:  MHLW website,

Feb. 25, 2020

"Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control", tentative translation (February 25, 2020). 

Source:  MHLW website,

Feb. 25, 2020

"Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control - Summary version", tentative translation

Source:  MHLW website,

Feb. 23, 2020

"Press Conference by Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, KATO Katsunobu" (Sunday, February 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Summarized in English by Senior Coordinator for Global Health Cooperation, International Affairs Division

(Youtube Video)

Please refer to the handout:  Purpose of new coronavirus measures(basic concept)"

Source:  MHLW website, Press conference "About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019)"

Feb. 21, 2020

Multilingual Coronavirus Hotlines launched in Japan (NHK World-Japan, Feb.21, 2020)

Feb. 21, 2020

Who in Japan can get tested for virus? Where? (NHK World-Japan, Feb.21, 2020)

News sources in English

NHK World, "#Coronavirus". 

To view the QR Code for updates from NHK World, Click this PDF File.

The Japan Times.:

The Japan News (Yomiuri):