Below are the latest updates from Japan and other countries on the coronavirus outbreak:
Japanese Empress Masako greets when she arrives at Tokyo Imperial Palace on May 25, 2021, wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo of the pool) (Kyodo) == Kyodo
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- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will call on the Japanese government to extend its state of emergency COVID-19 beyond the May 31 deadline as infections have yet to subside with just two months until the capital will host the Summer Olympics, people with knowledge of the issue said on Wednesday.
- The Japanese Olympic Committee said Wednesday it will begin administer coronavirus vaccines to about 600 Olympic athletes, along with about 1,000 coaches and support staff, as of June 1st.
- The name of pregnancies reported in 2020 reached a new low amid the new coronavirus pandemic, government data showed on Wednesday.
- Tokyo The Olympic torch relay is likely to be taken off the public road in Hokkaido, the largest city in Sapporo, which is home to marathon and running events, due to an increase in coronavirus infections, a local official said on Wednesday.
- Japan will do so starting next spring reactivate mental health education in high schools, destroyed four decades ago, after a record number of juvenile suicides and concerns about the stressful effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The United States continues to support Tokyo’s plan to hold the Summer Olympics with one expectation of strict protocols to protect visiting athletes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Tuesday, a day after the State Department issued advice against travel to Japan.
- Moderna Inc. said his coronavirus on Tuesday the vaccine has been shown to be effective in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years, raising the prospect of it becoming the second vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. age group.
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- The Japanese government is considering another cash distribution program of up to 100,000 yen ($ 920) each for households in need to help ease the financial strain of the prolonged coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the issue said on Tuesday.
- Japan is scheduled to make a final decision on Friday if the state of emergency of COVID-19 is extended to end in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures early next week, a senior government official said on Tuesday, amid a wave of coronavirus cases just two months before the opening of the Olympics in the capital.
- The Japanese government is considering it mobilization of doctors and nurses of the Self-Defense Forces at the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Tuesday.
- The Japanese government will push economic incentives for clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccines and consider expanding the pool of medical professionals licensed to fire medical and clinical lab technicians, its top spokesman said Tuesday.
- Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said on Tuesday that the government will consider it expanding the state of emergency COVID-19 covering Tokyo, Osaka and seven more prefectures beyond the current end date set for early next week.
- The Japanese government said Tuesday it will extend the quarantine period for travelers who have recently been there India and five other South Asian countries six to 10 days amid growing concerns about the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
- As children continue to spend more time trapped at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, online sports classes combined with the practice of English conversation have been a success with young players and with parents concerned about how to entertain them in a constructive way.
- The U.S. State Department on Monday issued a warning to its citizens not to visit Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel alert at the maximum level of 4 just two months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
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Elderly people wait after receiving coronavirus vaccines at a newly opened vaccination center in Kobe, western Japan, on May 25, 2021. (Kyodo) == Kyodo
Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors to Japan
- “Tokyo Metropolitan Government”Tokyo Coronavirus Resident Support Center (TOCOS)“multilingual hotline
– Available in plain Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Khmer and Burmese, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays except national holidays.
- AMDA Medical Information Center “Multilingual consultation service”
– Available in plain 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 the schedule here.
- COVID-19 information from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
- Direct line of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
– Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
– Available by fax for the hearing impaired
- “Guide of the National Tourism Organization of Japan for when you feel sick”
– Multilingual clinic / hospital search available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
- JNTO’s “Direct line of visitors from Japan“
– Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
+ 81-50-3816-2787 (overseas)
- Japan Ministry of Health hotline
– Available only in Japanese, from 9 am to 9 pm
- “World Health Organization”Questions about coronavirus“