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Hotline service to begin for foreigners in Japan for virus inquiries

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Good for them to do this.

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The advice will be ‘stay at home’

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Good - thank you for sharing this information.

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However, only Tokyo and major prefectures such as Osaka, Aichi and Fukuoka have multi-language services available.

Other prefectures have multi-language services too, e.g. Tottori: http://www.town.yazu.tottori.jp/secure/7196/5-0_PDF.pdf

English, Chinese, Korean Hotline since the end of January.

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Content-free article...

Notice what's actually missing? The actual phone number.

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will believe it when I see it the last time MOJ and NPA offered hotlines for foreigners needing assistance I made test calls to each in Japanese not one official knew about the hotlines. same as when I called asked MOE about distance learning they said only a few high schools do it, they do it independently, MOE doesn't have database or list which HS they are - complete morons.

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The writers of this article should be ashamed!

Far too often articles like this are posted here but they are missing the MOST important information that could possibly save a person's life here.....

The telephone number!

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Hotlines in various prefectures

Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center Himawari (03-5285-8181). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Thai.

Saitama Prefecture (048-833-3296). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Nepalese.

Osaka Prefecture (06-6941-2297). Languages: iEnglish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Indonesian and Nepalese.

Kyoto Prefecture (075-343-9666). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese and Spanish.

Hyogo Prefecture (078-382-2052). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Gunma Prefecture (027-289-8275). Languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Yamaguchi Prefecture (092-687-6639). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese and Khmer.

Hiroshima Prefecture (0120-783-806). Languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish and Nepalese.

Shiga Prefecture (077-523-5646). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Russian and Hindi.

Wakayama Prefecture (073-435-5240). Languages: English, Chinese and Tagalog.

Mie Prefecture (080-3300-8077). Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian and Thai.

Gifu Prefecture (058-263-8066). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Khmer, Myanmar, Malay and Mongolian.

Kumamoto Prefecture (080-4275-4489). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, French, Russian, German, Italian, Burmese, Khmer and Mongolian.

Fukuoka Prefecture (092-286-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese and Khmer.

Okinawa Prefecture (0570-050-235). Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Thai.

Hokkaido Prefecture (011-200-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Russian, Nepalese, Indonesian and Burmese.

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The phone number is right there in the link.

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Guess the rest of the prefectures don't have foreigners else they would be listed. Aomori, Iwate, Akita all missing it just skips over to Hokaiddo, yet I see many foreigners in Sendai, Akita City, Aomori City, Morioka. I have met French, Chinese, Koreans, US Americans, Spanish, Russians, Vietnamese but no language help for them.

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macv Thank you! Most of the foreigners living in Japan better stay than going to homeland where it's much more affected.

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FAQ: "Where can I buy a mask?"

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The phone number is right there in the link.

My self and others dont hover over every letter in an article, we READ them. If a link is going to be posted, it SHOULD be noted as such!

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@expat

Where can I buy a mask?

The answer is you cannot.

Staff at convenience stores always have masks but none for sale in the shop so I would ask them for a couple.

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I ordered masks from China. Faster than trying to call a hotline and getting the typical too many sentences in response to a simple question but never getting an answer.

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Nice of them but it's taken a bit too long, this would have been very handy months ago to help stop the spread of the virus (especially for Chinese speakers)

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Does Nagano not have a helpline for foreigners? Karuizawa has many, many foreigners.

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