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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..

March 27th

The Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS) has been providing consultation services to foreign residents regarding COVID-19, but this service will end on March 31st.

From April 1st, Tokyo Multilingual Consultation Navi (TMC Navi) will be available for consultations. TMC Navi will continue to provide consultation services for foreign residents affected by the Coronavirus, in cooperation with various specialized agencies such as public health centers and labor consultation centers. TMC Navi will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. The service will be available in a total of 14 languages, including English. Those with concerns or questions regarding COVID-19, please call 03-6258-1227. If you need further information, please visit https://www.tokyo-tsunagari.or.jp/ (External link)

Next, with regard to the new coronavirus infection, the most important thing right now is to prevent rebound and re-spreading of the infection.

We would like to ask everyone to refrain from non-essential outings. When having meals together, whether in restaurants or at home, please keep meals short and limited to family members or the usual four people. Please also wear a mask when during conversations and remove them only for eating and drinking. Also, until April 21st, restaurants should only be open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and serving of alcoholic beverages should be limited to 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lastly, the Governor of Tokyo releases weekly reports in English on the latest COVID-19 impact and efforts in Tokyo.

Please be updated with the "The COVID-19 - Monitoring Report" streamed every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official YouTube channel.

March 20th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Minami-Shinjuku Testing and Counseling Center, which provides anonymous, free HIV and syphilis testing, has moved to the East Exit of Shinjuku station.

The center has also changed its name to "Tokyo Metropolitan Testing and Counseling Office (Shinjuku). This new facility now offers testing in Chinese and Korean, in addition to the existing services in English. Testing in English is offered daily, while testing in Chinese and Korean will only be available on Tuesday, March 23rd. From April onwards, they will be available on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. To use this service, appointments must be made in advance. To make an appointment in English, please visit the “Tokyo Metropolitan Testing and Counseling Office (Shinjuku)" English website at (http://www.tmsks.jp/en/)( External link )

The declaration of a state of emergency will be lifted on March 21st, but the current situation in Tokyo remains critical. Infection prevention efforts will be eased in stages and we must continue our efforts to prevent infection.

Everyone is asked to refrain from non-essential outings. Please keep meals short and limited to family members or the usual four people. Please also wear a mask when during conversations and remove them only for eating and drinking.  Also, from March 22nd to 31st, restaurants should only be open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and serving of alcoholic beverages should be limited to 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lastly, the Governor of Tokyo releases weekly reports in English on the latest COVID-19 impact and efforts in Tokyo.

Please be updated with the "The COVID-19 - Monitoring Report" streamed every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official YouTube channel.
 

March 13th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has recently produced two human rights awareness videos with Japanese and English subtitles.

The first video, "Novel Coronavirus and Human Rights” explains how patients with COVID-19 as well as healthcare workers and others are suffering due to unjust discrimination, and that it is important to be properly informed, eliminate discrimination and support essential workers. The second video titled, "Infectious Diseases and Human Rights” explains that some patients and their families suffer from discrimination and prejudice due to HIV infection, AIDS, and Hansen’s disease, and sends the message that we must eliminate discrimination and prejudice through correct knowledge and understanding. The videos can be viewed on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Official Video Channel “Tokyo Douga” or Tokyo Metropolitan Government Human Rights Department Channel on YouTube.

A state of emergency is currently in effect for Tokyo. Everyone is asked to refrain from non-essential outings both day and night, and on holidays and weekdays.

Please also refrain from eating at seasonal parties such as welcome and farewell parties, thank-you parties and companion parties. When dining out, wear a mask during conversations and remove them only for eating and drinking. We also encourage silent dining to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. In addition, please take basic measures against infectious diseases, such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowded places, closed spaces and close contact situations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lastly, the Governor of Tokyo releases weekly reports in English on the latest COVID-19 impact and efforts in Tokyo.

Please be updated with the "The COVID-19 - Monitoring Report" streamed every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official YouTube channel.

March 6th

First, we would like to ask all foreign residents to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cultural festivals from various countries will be coming up this month, including the Maha Shivaratri festival celebrated in India and Nepal on March 11th, and the Irish festival, St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. When attending these festivals in Tokyo, please make sure to take the following infection prevention measures. Do not attend events or dinners if you are not feeling well.  Also, do not take part in events or dinners when the venue is likely to be closed and crowded, and where infection control measures are not strictly enforced. Make sure to take all basic measures individually, such as social distancing, disinfecting hands, wearing masks and refraining from talking loudly. If necessary, please consider new ways to have fun, such as staying at home or participating online.

Next, the downward trend in the number of Covid-19 infection in Tokyo is slowing down, and there is a risk that the infection may spread again.

We ask everyone to refrain from non-essential outings both day and night. Please also take basic measures against infectious diseases, such as wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently and avoiding crowded places, closed spaces and close contact situations. In order to protect yourself and others from getting infected, please take further measures to prevent infection.

Lastly, the Governor of Tokyo releases weekly reports in English on the latest COVID-19 impact and efforts in Tokyo.

Please be updated with the "The COVID-19 - Monitoring Report" streamed every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official YouTube channel.

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