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 56th meeting of the Iwate Prefecture

COVID-19 Countermeasures HQ (May 13th)

In the first half of Golden Week, the number of new cases decreased to 109.4 cases per 100,000 people on May 6th as a result of schools and kindergartens closing. However, an increase in cases as a result of an increase in travel due to people returning to their hometowns has been seen. As of May 13th, the number of cases is at 167.3 cases per 100,000 people and while the numbers have not reached the levels prior to Golden Week, the cases continue to increase.

There is also an increase in cases where the origin is unknown.

In this situation, there is concern that there will be an increase in group infections with students and children returning to schools and childcare facilities, and in following, an increase in household infections.

I ask for the citizens to enact the following basic prevention infection measures:

  • Refrain from sending children to childcare facilities or schools if they exhibit a fever or other such symptoms.
  • Excluding children who find it difficult to do so, everyone should be wearing a mask while talking with others, especially when talking to the elderly or those with underlying conditions, even when in the household.
  • Wear a mask when talking even while eating together

During Golden Week, there were also infections identified originating from barbeque parties. Please enforce the infection prevention measures befitting the situation.

If you wish to be vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As the amount of children infected decreased during Golden Week, let’s continue to prevent and reduce the amount of infections amongst children in schools, childcare facilities and within households by enforcing the basic infection prevention measures.

From today (May 13th), the Iwate Food Support Project will resume. I recommend you use the restaurants that have been approved by the Iwate Restaurant Safe Practices System, which have infection prevention measures in place. I ask the citizens to use the Iwate Food Support Ticket and support the local restaurants while enforcing the basic infection prevention measures.

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

Number of tests conducted in Iwate: 274,520
(As of May 25th, 2022, 3pm)

Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 33,617
(As of May 25th, 2022, 3pm)

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.