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[English] Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

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Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

Newupdate

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported on October 19.

The total number of infections confirmed in Kumamoto Prefecture remains at 14,376.


>>List of cases 1 - 6400別ウィンドウで開きます
 

Important Information

Newupdate

All of the emergency restrictions (including the Quasi-Emergency and all related measures to it) have been completely lifted.

  • Continue to follow COVID preventative measures (wearing a mask, thoroughly washing hands, ventilating rooms)
  • The reduced business hours for eating and drinking establishments will be lifted as well. 
  • There still is a high risk of transmission when eating in large groups or staying inside a restaurant for an extended amount of time. 
  • With the restrictions on dining lifted, you can eat together with others. We recommend dining parties to be between 3 to 5 people. 

The Prefectural risk level has risen to Level 4 (Special Alert) on October 8.

From September 30 to October 6, the total number of positive cases confirmed was 55. Out of these 55 cases, 14 of them have no known infection route.

The level has decreased by one.

Consultation Center Information

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please do not leave your home and phone Consultation Center for COVID-19


Multilingual COVID-19 vaccine Call Center

092-687-5144(8:30-17:30)

 

This call center is available for anyone wishing to ask for more information about the vaccine. This includes queries about its safety, how they are being stored, and what side effects to expect after receiving the vaccine.

The call center is free to call, however you will be charged your regular phone connection fees.

If you have questions about your vaccine appointment or location please contact your local municipality directly.


Information for Businesses

About subsidies for businesses which complied with the request to shorten their hours:熊本県時短要請協力金

The following is a message for restaurants who complied with the request for shortened business hours. 

Restaurants that complied with the request for shortened business hours from October 1 to the 14 are eligible to apply for a subsidy. 

You can apply via mail or electronically. 
※ The subsidy amount will be between 25,000 yen to 200,000 yen. The amount granted by the subsidy will depend on the sales in one day. 
※ The application format will vary depending on the shop’s location.

The following items must be submitted:
Restaurant business permit, tax return, monthly sales report, photograph of the establishment’s “notice of shortened business hours” (form provided by the Prefecture), and infection prevention measures certification sticker (form provided by the Prefecture)

Application Period
Restaurants within Kumamoto City: Until November 15.
Restaurants outside of Kumamoto City: Until October 29.

Kumamoto Prefecture Homepage (Japanese)

If you need any clarification, please contact the Kumamoto Support Center for Foreign Residents別ウィンドウで開きます

People Who Have Been Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Loans for assistance with living difficulties (“Seikatsu Fukushi Shikin Kashitsuke Seido”) 

People whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic may be eligible to receive a loan.
You must apply directly to your municipality’s welfare council.

Please enquire for more information.

 

Unemployment Insurance (“Shitsugyou Hoken/Koyou Hoken”)

People who have become unemployed due to the pandemic may be eligible to receive 50 – 80% of 3 months’ salary.
It is necessary to have a year or more of employment insurance (You must have been employed for a year or more)

The application must be filed with Hello Work.

 

Housing Security Benefit (“Jyuukyo Kakuho Kyuufukin”)

You can receive an amount equivalent to 3 months of rent payments. 

Please apply at the municipality in which you reside.
PDF Information about the Housing Security Benefit 別ウィンドウで開きます(PDF:65.8KB)

Information for Single Parents

Please contact us for more information if you are a single parent facing difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Information for Study Abroad Students

Emergency Support for Students:”Gakusei Shien Kyufu-kin” 学生緊急支援給付金

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) will provide support to students at Japanese language schools, special schools, university and those doing short-term university courses at the recommendation of the institution in which the student is enrolled. 

For more information, please ask your place of education.

Living Information

Postponement of water charges

Due to the effects the pandemic has had on many people, those who are facing difficulties paying their water bills may request to postpone payment or to pay in installments.
Please contact your municipality’s Water and Sewage Bureau. 
 

Postponement of Residence Tax

People whose salaries have decreased due to the Covid-19 pandemic may apply to have their tax payments postponed.
Please contact your municipality’s tax department for more information

National Announcements (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Immigration Bureau of Japan)

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Kumamoto Support Center For Foreign Residents
熊本県外国人サポートセンター

〒862-8570 熊本市中央区水前寺6丁目18番1号 県庁本館7階
Tel:080-4275-4489