Overseas in Japan

Being overseas during a state of emergency is a difficult situation that comes with unique challenges. It may be harder than usual to get information, understand guidance and tell fact from fiction. We are gathering knowledge and designing resources to help foreign residents and tourists in Japan navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Symptoms Checklist

Available in 10 languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese

When a patient has suspected coronavirus, and healthcare workers need to make an assessment, overcoming the language barrier can be particularly stressful. To aid communication between healthcare workers patients, we created a bilingual, illustrated symptom checklist.

Please download and use this document freely. Medical centres may find it useful to hand to patients who do not speak Japanese. Non-Japanese speakers may find it a helpful resource for explaining their condition or learning the Japanese words.

How to Fill in Japan’s COVID-19 Stimulus Application

GaijinPot has published a step-by-step breakdown with English translations and tips for applying for Japan's COVID-19 Stimulus package online.

Japan's Re-entry Ban List

The Japan Times explains how Japan has introduced entry restrictions for travellers from 100 countries and goes into detail on how these restrictions affect non-Japanese residents.

Coronavirus MultilIngual Consultation in Japan

The coronavirus multilingual consultation service is available in eight languages: Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. We have created a simple poster/social media graphic and translated it into these languages, making clear the days and times the service is available in each.

Please download and share freely with your community in Japan.

This service is operated by the Japan Medical Association and the AMDA International Medical Information Centre.

CONTRIBUTORSEditor: Aleister Kelman, Noriko SakaiIllustration: Sanae Tanaka WilsonDesign : Eisuke Tachikawa, Aleister Kelman, Robert Hsu