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Useful Information on the Novel Coronavirus Disease

The following is a reference of measures implemented by the government and relevant authorities

Basic Responses (including school closures)

The assessment made by the government experts on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
"Views on the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control (March 9)" (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

The status of novel coronavirus epidemic in Japan: how it infects; measures to prevent infection; and what to do when suspect infection.
Q & A on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare).

Basic information for taking necessary precautions againt the novel coronavirus
Guidance and flyers
"Preventing Outbreaks of the Novel Coronavirus" (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
"Prevention Measures COVID-19 (Feb.25 version)" (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
"Eight-point list of precautions to take at home" (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
"Measures against infectious diseases" (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Preventive measures and response at schools and also the current status of school closure
"Government Responses on Government Responses on the Coronavirus Disease 2019" (Prime Minister's Office).
"Information about MEXT's measures" (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).

Information on teleworking and taking time off from work
Due to the recent temporary school closures, it is expected that opportunities for parents to work at home will increase. Taking this opportunity of disease control, including the perspective of the prevention of the spread of infections, the government will strongly promote teleworking so that people can work even during disease control, and make a new work-style model take root.

Supply of Goods

The status of production and distribution of goods, such as masks, sanitizers, and toilet paper, and the government's actions
Current Status of Production and Supply of Face Masks, Antiseptics and Toilet Paper (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare & Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

The supply status of food products and disposable chopsticks, etc.
Items like rice, cup noodles and other food products are produced and supplied as usual. There are also sufficient stocks of such items and there is sufficient supply volume and inventory to meet demand.
For items like disposable chopsticks and food products for business use, many of which are imported from China, there should be no concerns for their supply as long as consumer behavior remain at an ordinary pace.

Support for Businesses

Support for micro, small- and medium-sized business operators or other business owners
Measure for Supporting SMEs Affected by Novel Coronavirus to be Taken (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

Business Persons
Other support for businesses.
METI's Support Measures for Companies Concerning the Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Second Emergency Response Package (Key Points)(Prime Minister's Office)

Taxes and Other Administrative Procedures

Taxes and Other Administrative Procedures
Extension of filing and payment deadlines for self-assessed income tax, gift tax and consumption tax for sole proprietors.
The deadline for filing of tax returns for 2019 has been extended to April 16, Thursday.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has issused notifications to all local governments about the extension of the filing deadline for local taxes.

Processing of the various types of residency applications by foreigners.
Regarding the period of validity of the Certificate of Eligibility in relation to the effects of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)(Ministry of Justice)
Handling of Applications for Residence due to the Spread of New Coronavirus Infection(Ministry of Justice)

Extension to the validity of "shaken (legally required automobile inspection)"
Validity will be extended to April 30 nationwide.

driving a car
Procedures to follow in case for failing to renew my driving license during the renewal period
In the event that you are unable to renew your driving license and it becomes invalid due to infection or risk of infection by novel coronavirus, you can go after the renewal period and renew your license under the same conditions as a standard renewal. For further details, please see the police department website of the relevant prefecture.

Travel and Immigration

The status of novel coronavirus infection in other countries and regions
"Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 By Country"(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

a plane
Information about immigration restrictions
"Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)"(Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (March 27)
"Border Measures Q&A"(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) (March 24)
"Strengthening border measures related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Visa restrictions"(Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (March 27)
"Notice on denial of landing"(Ministry of Justice) (March 27)
"To the people arriving in Japan from China and republic of Korea"(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
"Notice by quarantine station to the persons entering Japan"(Ministry of Health, Labour and Wealth)

Point of Inquiry (Hotlines)

Point of Inquiry (Hotlines)
Point of Inquiries for foreign visitors in various languages
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) provides the Japan Visitor Hotline, a multilingual visitor call center, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

JNTO English Website
JNTO Chinese Website

Human Rights Counseling for Foreign nationals
Contact Information(Ministry of Justice)
Human Rights Counseling Leaflet for Foreigners"|Other Languages(Ministry of Justice)