Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:

Nature observation tours for the general public will resume on April 23, 2023 at the Tokyo Imperial Palace after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kyodo) (pool photo) ==Kyodo

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  • Asia’s developing countries’ gross domestic product is expected to grow 4.8 percent in 2023 and 2024, up from 4.2 percent in 2022, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday. According to ADB, Developing Asia, which brings together 46 economies in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand, is expected to post higher growth than last year, in part because of this China’s lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and solid domestic demand in India.

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Japan and Beyond: Week in Photos – April 15-21

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Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors to Japan

  • Ministry of Health call centre
    COVID-19: 0120-565-653 (toll free)
    COVID-19 Vaccines: 0120-761-770 (toll-free)
    – Interpreters available for English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; for Thai 9am to 6pm; for Vietnamese 10 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • of the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Navigation website

  • AMDA Medical Information Center”Multilingual Advisory Service
    – Available in basic Japanese and English, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese on certain days of the week. Check the schedule Here.
  • Information on COVID-19 from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Hotline
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9:00am to 10:00pm (including weekends and holidays)
    Available by fax for the hearing impaired
  • “Guide for When You Feel Sick” by the Japan National Tourism Organization
    Multilingual clinic/hospital search Available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
  • JNTO’s”Japan Visitor Hotline
    – Available 24/7 in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese
    (from overseas)