Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Iwate Prefecture

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We have gathered information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Iwate’s current status below in English. However, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s website, linked below.

Messages from the Governor of Iwate about COVID-19

A message from Governor Tasso during the 46th meeting of
The Iwate Prefecture COVID-19 Countermeasures HQ (January 8th 2022)

Today, we have confirmed the first case of community transmission of the Omicron variant.

At this stage, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Okinawa have announced a quasi-state of emergency against the spread of coronavirus. Large city areas such as Tokyo and Osaka are also experiencing huge increases in daily case numbers due to the Omicron variant.

Although our prefecture is currently at Level 1 with an infection rate of 2.7 people per 100,000 people during the last week, there are concerns that this number will drastically increase, similar to the aforementioned prefectures, as several cases of community transmission have been confirmed.

As the risk of infection is increasing, today, we will introduce the “Iwate Declaration of Vigilance” to ensure that everyone is even more thorough with their infection prevention measures.

I will not ask you to restrict your movements, but I will ask you to keep the dangers of the virus in mind and be thorough in practising basic prevention measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

  •          Please properly follow the basic prevention measures such as proper usage of nonwoven masks, frequent washing of hands, usage of hand sanitizer, and avoiding the 3 C’s.
  •          When travelling, be aware of the current situation and restrictions of your destination and take care when moving in the area. Please make careful considerations when travelling to areas where the spread of the virus is rapidly increasing.
  •          It is recommended that you go to restaurants that are approved under the “Iwate Restaurant Safe Practices Certification System” as prevention measures are in place at these restaurants. Please wear masks when having conversations.
  •          Please be thorough in protecting yourself against the virus even when with coworkers or friends.

From tomorrow (9th January), regardless of vaccination status, we will be offering free PCR and antigen tests for those who are asymptomatic but have been to areas where the spread of the virus has been increasing, have been in an environment where close contact with people from areas of concern was frequent, or are worried that they have been infected with the virus.

For those who have symptoms, please refrain from going outside and travelling, and contact the relevant medical staff by phone to get a consultation.

I ask for your cooperation in following the above measures as it is important to quickly identify cases to stop the spread of the virus.

I also ask you to not harass or discriminate against those infected and their families, and instead treat them with respect.

By preventing the spread of coronavirus and ensuring the risk of infection is low, we will be able to engage in economic and societal activities. Let’s come together as the people of Iwate to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please note that, in the event that our health system becomes overwhelmed with the increase in cases, we will consider announcing a state of emergency or quasi-state of emergency, which includes placing restrictions on everyone. I ask for your cooperation in preventing the spread of the virus to prevent this from occurring.

A Request from Iwate Prefecture

Regarding Safety Tips to Reduce Risk of Infection

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COVID-19 Multilingual Guide

The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare has set up a webpage with resources and guides regarding COVID-19 in Japan. The page provides various information on how you can prevent the spread of the virus, how you can receive help regarding COVID-19 in your own native language, steps to take if you suspect being infected with COVID-19, and other useful information.

The guideline is available in several languages such as Plain Japanese, English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. Other languages will be available as downloadable pamphlets. Please follow the link below for more information.

Current state of COVID-19 in Iwate

Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 3,717
(As of Jan 21st, 2022, 3pm)

Tests for COVID-19 administered in Iwate: 142,731 (Results: 3,717 confirmed positive)
(As of Jan 21st, 2022)

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine

Current state of COVID-19 in Japan

To prevent the further spread of the virus, we kindly ask all residents to refrain from traveling to “regions that have declared a State of Emergency”, unless it is for urgent and essential reasons. In addition, please make careful consideration when traveling to regions that are or have been reporting “15 or more new cases within the most recent week (per a population of 100,000)”, one of several conditions indicating the rate of infections; or to areas that have announced to refrain traveling or going out for similar non-urgent and non-essential reasons.


English Links

English Language Hotline

Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents

For questions or concerns about daily life, visa issues, and others, please contact the Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents located in Aiina 5th Floor. They are also currently taking inquiries about the novel coronavirus situation in Iwate.

Operation hours: 9am to 8pm
(daily, except end-of-the year holidays and other specified days)

For Japanese, English, or Chinese: 9am to 8pm (daily)
For Spanish: 9am to 4pm (Saturdays)
Please contact us for consultations in other languages.



Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare COVID-19 Hotline

For a smooth and easier communication, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare runs a call center to answer any inquiries related to the COVID-19 situation in Japan.

Operation hours: 365 days
(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese)

For Thai: 9am to 6pm
For Vietnamese: 10am to 7pm
For all other languages: 9am to 9pm

0120-565653 (Free dial)


Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC)

A help desk at the Foreign Residents Support Center in Shinjuku has been set up for any inquiries related to the novel coronavirus. If you would like to consult regarding loss of job, difficulties adjusting to life in Japan, new concerns or struggles due to the impact of the coronavirus, please contact the support center for a consultation. Couseling will be available in total 14 languages. Please follow the link below for more information.

Operation hours: 9am to 5pm (weekdays, Mon-Fri)
(Japanese, Vietnamese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino (Tagalog), Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Khmer (Cambodian), Burmese, and Mongolian)

0120-76-2029 (free dial)


Japan Visitor Hotline

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) runs a multilingual call center for foreigners to use in emergency situations. You can call any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are taking questions related to the novel coronavirus – call here first if you think you have symptoms and can’t speak Japanese.

 (English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese)

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Office of International Affairs, Department of Homeland Promotion
(020-8570) 10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, JAPAN
Phone number:019-629-5765 Facsimile:019-629-5254
You can access our question form here.