ABOUT CORONA VIRUS IN JAPAN
Key points worth noting (as of March 29):
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a special page regarding traveling and coronavirus
- Finnair flies their last flight between Finland and Japan for the time being departing Helsinki on March 25 and from Narita on March 26. The next planned Japan flight after this is scheduled for May 3 to Haneda. (Note that plans can currently change even on very short notice)
- Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, declares a state of emergency in Finland over coronavirus outbreak. Also many other European countries have posed similar restrictions and due to this possibilities to enter Finland and EU are limited.
- Prime Minister Abe held a press conference on March 14 (Sat) at 6 pm Japan time, stating among else that even though with the new legislation the government has the possibility to declare state of emergency, with lower mortality rates than in other developed countries and the number of new infections found staying relatively low, currently there is no need for declaring state of emergency.
- The number of new cases of coronavirus infection is not rising dramatically, and the cases found are mainly connected to certain clusters where the infection have spread around the country.
- On March 10, Prime Minister Abe extended his previous request for big sports and cultural events to be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus until March 19. What this will most likely mean is that National museums and other facilities might also extend their their closing dates until March 19 (no confirmation for this yet). Tokyo Metropolitan Government has asked to refrain from holding big events until April 12.
- Most conferences, trade fairs and bigger events since early March both in Tokyo and other parts of the country have been cancelled. Also most events for April have been cancelled or might be cancelled in the coming weeks.
Latest update: 29.03.2020
Japanese News Agency Kyodo News released daily updates of the major news relating to developments in the situation.
As of 9 a.m., Sunday, March 29 (Japan time)
- July 2021 has emerged as the most likely time frame for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, a source in the organizing committee said Saturday.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, March 28 (Japan time)
- A total of 58 people, including 26 people with disabilities, have been infected with the new coronavirus at a welfare facility in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the local government said Saturday.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday Japan will compile the “boldest-ever” stimulus package to address the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak, including cash handouts to underpin household spending.
- Tokyo saw at least 60 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the largest record for a single day, sources at the metropolitan government said
- About 78 percent of people think the decision earlier this week to postpone this summer’s Tokyo Olympics for about one year due to the global coronavirus pandemic was “appropriate,” a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.
- The global coronavirus pandemic could result in a 1 trillion yen ($9.3 billion) fall in combined revenue for the Japanese airline industry in the next 12 months, according to an estimate by a domestic aviation organization.
- Tokyo and surrounding areas were unusually quiet on Saturday after the metropolitan government called on residents to refrain from going outside over the weekend for nonessential reasons in a bid to fight a recent surge in the number of coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital.
Currently visible consequences to people and business:
- If you are planning to travel to Japan in the coming weeks, please note that several facilities might be closed for unforeseen time. For example National museums and amusement parks such as Tokyo Disneyland and Moomin Valley Park in Saitama have announced closure for coming weeks. List of some major facilities that have closed down can be found here, but please be sure to also confirm each facility’s home page separately as there might be changes every day.
- Major trade fairs, such as FOODEX and Sea Japan either been cancelled or postponed in accordance to Japan government’s request to refrain from holding larger gatherings and events.
- In case you are visiting Japan on business and you have scheduled meeting at local companies, do note that some companies might have a company ruling that all meeting with people from outside of the company should be cancelled.
- In addition to many Western companies shifting to teleworking, some large-scale Japanese companies have also issued company ruling to work from home if possible.
- Government has adviced schools to consider closing for the coming weeks in order to stop the virus from spreading. Depending on prefecture, some have decided to close while some have decided to keep the schools open for now.
For overall information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to the page of World Health Organization:
Regarding policies and situation in Finland, please see home page of Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
For policies and informaion in Japan, see the page of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (Japan):
If you wish to see the global situation, please click here to visit statistics updated by Johns Hopkins CSSE.