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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program (Inter FM 89.7 MHz) every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..

April 4th

On Wednesday, April 1st, the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance to Prevent Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke and the Revised Health Promotion Act became fully effective.

As a result, smoking outside designated areas is now prohibited. In principle, restaurants, recreational and sports facilities, corporate offices and hotel spaces outside individual guest rooms will be non-smoking. If there is a smoking room, there will be a sign at the entrance of the restaurant or facility. Violation of this regulation may result in penalties. If you are a smoker, please smoke in designated smoking areas and be considerate of others around you. At restaurants, smoking is only allowed in dedicated smoking rooms. People under twenty years old, including customers and employees are not allowed to enter the smoking rooms.

Next, we have an important announcement about novel coronavirus infection control.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has established a policy to prevent novel coronavirus infections and requested citizens to avoid these 3 high-risk areas.

  • Closed spaces with poor ventilation
  • Crowds of people
  • Verbal communication at close range

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government urges young people to refrain from going to karaoke and live music clubs, and for older people, to refrain from going to bars, night clubs, and other night spots involving direct customer service. Please also refrain from all non-essential, non-urgent outings on weekends.

March 28th

Have you heard of the service "Tokyo Amesh", which provides real-time information on rainfall in the Tokyo area?

This useful service allows you to easily check the information on computers and smartphones. While "Tokyo Amesh" was previously available in Japanese and English, it now provides rainfall information in Chinese and Korean, to further support foreign residents and tourists coming to Tokyo toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The URL for Tokyo Amesh official site is 【https://tokyo-ame.jwa.or.jp (External link)】To select a language, click the "Language" button on the homepage appearing on your computer or smartphone, and switch the language from the dropdown menu. Please make use of "Tokyo Amesh" to check rainfall information and for outdoor occasions.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up a call center to answer questions from the public regarding novel coronavirus infections in English, Chinese and Korean.

If you have any health-related concerns including how can you prevent the infection and what to do when concerning symptoms develop, please contact the Tokyo Metropolitan Telephone Consultation at  0570-550571. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, the most important way to prevent the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections is hand-washing. Make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap, especially after going out or when you are coughing, and before touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. To protect those around you and to prevent the spread infection, please practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette. A demonstration video on how to wash your hands properly to prevent infection is also provided on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website.

Earlier this week, a large number of patients with novel coronavirus infections were reported in Tokyo. The situation is considered to be a "critical phase for a possible infection explosion”. Please refrain from going out over the weekend unless it is urgent or necessary.

March 21st

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a 360-degree VR videos titled [Mira(i)cle] in response to the request asking to "visit the areas and see the reconstruction progress" from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that suffered significant damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

These videos help those who cannot make their ways to the affected areas understand and sympathize through the simulated experience of the damages and recovery. At the same time, the videos aim to express the philosophy of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: "Recovery Olympics and Paralympics". A video has been made for each prefecture, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, and are about 2 minutes and 50 seconds long. The 360-degree VR videos [Mira(i)cle] are published and available on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s official video channel "Tokyo Douga", as well as YouTube. A video description in Japanese and English is also available on both pages.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up a call center to answer questions from the public regarding novel coronavirus infections in English, Chinese and Korean.

If you have any health-related concerns including how can you prevent the infection and what to do when concerning symptoms develop, please contact the COVIT-19 Call Center at  0570-550571. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, the most important way to prevent the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections is hand-washing. Make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap, especially after going out or when you are coughing, and before touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. To protect those around you and to prevent the spread infection, please practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette. A demonstration video on how to wash your hands properly to prevent infection is also provided on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website.

March 14th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government provides "Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes" in multiple languages, in order for foreign residents in Tokyo to safely rent housing.

The guideline introduces the customs, rules and manners of rental agreements in easy-to-understand illustrations. It also explains the basic idea and common troubles of restoring the property to its original state at the time of moving out and repairing when moving in, as well as example cases and information on consultation desks. The detailed 81-page version of the "Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes" is available in English, while the 8-page summary version is available in English, Chinese and Korean. You can download the guideline and summary versions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website. Please search for “Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes” and visit the website.

Next, we have information on Coronavirus Call Center.

In light of the growing number of coronavirus cases in Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up a call center to answer questions from the public regarding novel coronavirus infections. If you have any health-related concerns or questions regarding the novel coronavirus, including how can you prevent the infection and what to do when concerning symptoms develop, please contact the Tokyo Metropolitan Telephone Consultation at (Navi-dial) 0570-550571. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. including weekends and holidays. Assistance is available in English, Chinese and Korean.

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