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Coronavirus Cases in Japan by Prefecture

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There are 5,531 new cases in Japan on January 20, including 1,274 in Tokyo.

Cases in Japan: 339,774 Infections, 4,647 Deaths (as of 12:00 on January 20, 2021)

Infected in Japan 337,660
Returnees from China on government charter flights 15
Cases confirmed in airport screening 2,099
Total 339,774
Severe cases 1,014 (+13)
Deaths 4,647
Recoveries 264,987

Created by Nippon.com based on data from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Cases Reported by Local Governments: 344,073 Infections, 4,766 Deaths (as of January 20, 2021)

Prefecture Infections (new on 1/20) Deaths
Hokkaidō 16,198 (+163) 551
Aomori 660 (+4) 9
Iwate 483 (+8) 25
Miyagi 3,090 (+45) 22
Akita 227 (+8) 1
Yamagata 453 (+6) 13
Fukushima 1,518 (+35) 34
Ibaraki 4,027 (+85) 45
Tochigi 3,384 (+44) 23
Gunma 3,427 (+52) 61
Saitama 21,946 (+411) 291
Chiba 18,565 (+397) 189
Tokyo 89,188 (+1,274) 754
Kanagawa 35,598 (+716) 378
Niigata 788 (+7) 7
Toyama 825 (+10) 27
Ishikawa 1,373 (+17) 55
Fukui 462 (+1) 13
Yamanashi 869 (+5) 12
Nagano 2,077 (+49) 23
Gifu 3,673 (+55) 60
Shizuoka 4,040 (+76) 65
Aichi 21,934 (+245) 337
Mie 1,848 (+26) 24
Shiga 1,840 (+42) 20
Kyoto 7,253 (+123) 89
Osaka 39,557 (+506) 777
Hyōgo 14,472 (+296) 321
Nara 2,666 (+39) 32
Wakayama 928 (+24) 11
Tottori 184 2
Shimane 239 (+2) 0
Okayama 2,154 (+30) 17
Hiroshima 4,506 (+57) 77
Yamaguchi 986 (+18) 6
Tokushima 310 (+6) 10
Kagawa 555 (+10)
Ehime 866 (+17) 16
Kōchi 807 (+16) 13
Fukuoka 14,102 (+277) 155
Saga 832 (+20) 4
Nagasaki 1,334 (+32) 18
Kumamoto 3,076 (+39) 44
Ōita 955 (+16) 12
Miyazaki 1,647 (+51) 14
Kagoshima 1,460 (+59) 15
Okinawa 6,691 (+111) 88

Created by Nippon.com based on data from local governments. Prefectures are listed in the standard Japanese geographical order, from north to south. In some cases, local standards vary from those of the MHLW, so the total may not match the MHLW statistics.

Cruise Ship Passenger Fatalities: 13

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January 20

There are 5,531 new cases in Japan, including 1,274 in Tokyo. The number of severe cases rises by 13 to 1,014.

January 19

Japan confirms 5,320 new cases, which is the highest total to date for a Tuesday. The number of severe cases increases by 28 to 1,001. The number of daily fatalities rises above 100 for the first time; the 104 deaths include 16 in Tokyo, 13 in Osaka, and 10 in Saitama.

Okinawa announces it will begin its own state of emergency to last until February 7, and asks residents to refrain from unnecessary trips. It also requests to be included in the national state of emergency.

January 18

There are 4,925 new cases across Japan; the number of cases reported on Mondays is lower than other days due to reduced weekend testing. Tokyo confirms 1,204 new cases, and Kanagawa 957. Yamaguchi reports a record high of 88 new cases.

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announces that Minister for Administrative Reform Kōno Tarō will take responsibility for Japan’s vaccination program. Vaccination is due to start in late February with priority given to health workers and the elderly.

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announces that three people in Shizuoka Prefecture tested positive for the same COVID-19 variant that is spreading in Britain. This is the first time the variant has been found in Japan without a traceable infection route. Currently, 45 people in Japan have been confirmed to be infected with the variant.

January 17

Japan reports 5,759 new cases, including 1,592 in Tokyo, which is its highest total to date on a Sunday. The number of severe cases across the country rises by 7 to 972.

January 16

Of the 7,012 new cases across the country, 1,809 are in Tokyo. The number of severe cases nationwide rises by 31 to 965.

January 15

There are 7,132 new cases across the country, including 2,001 in Tokyo, and the number of severe cases rises by 14 to 934.

January 14

Japan confirms 6,605 new cases, and the number of severe cases rises by 20 to 920. There are still high totals for prefectures in a state of emergency, including 1,502 in Tokyo, 985 in Kanagawa, 592 in Osaka, 488 in Chiba, and 455 in Saitama.

January 13

The government adds the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyōgo, Aichi, Gifu, Fukuoka, and Tochigi to the COVID-19 state of emergency from January 14 until February 7. There are now 11 prefectures in a state of emergency. The daily nationwide total of 5,869 new cases brings Japan’s overall total above 300,000. The number of severe cases rises by 19 to 900. Tokyo confirms 1,433 new cases, so its average daily total over the past 7-day period drops slightly to 1,746.1.

A total of 25 rail companies in greater Tokyo, including JR East and Tokyo Metro, announce that they will move the time of the last train forward by up to 30 minutes from January 20.

January 12

Japan confirms 4,539 new cases; the lower figure reflects reduced testing on a national holiday. The number of severe cases rises by 17 to 881. There are 970 new cases in Tokyo, as the daily total falls below 1,000 for the first time since January 4. The government announces plans to add Osaka, Kyoto, Hyōgo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi, and Fukuoka to the state of emergency.

January 11

There are 4,873 new cases across the country, which is the highest total to date for a Monday, when the figure is usually lower due to reduced weekend testing. The number of severe cases rises by 12 to 864. Tokyo confirms 1,219 new cases, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 1,812.7.

The government announces its intention to expand the state of emergency this week to include Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyōgo.

January 10

Japan confirms 6,094 new cases, and the number of severe cases rises by 25 to 852. There are 1,494 new cases in Tokyo.

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announces the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant from four passengers on a flight from Brazil.

Prime Minister Suga says of the inclusion of Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyōgo in the state of emergency that the government will act quickly, if necessary.

January 9

The 7,789 new cases in Japan include 2,268 in Tokyo and a record high of 999 in Kanagawa. Nationwide fatalities top 4,000.

The governors of Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyōgo have an online meeting with Minister for Economic Revitalization Nishimura Yasutoshi, in which they call for their prefectures to be included in the state of emergency.

January 8

There are 7,882 new cases nationwide, the highest total to date for the fourth successive day, including 2,392 in Tokyo.

Oriental Land announces that its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks will close one hour earlier, at seven in the evening, from January 12 until February 7.

January 7

Japan reports 7,569 new cases, topping the previous record again by a considerable number. This includes 2,447 in Tokyo, the first time the daily total for the metropolis has risen above 2,000, and record highs in Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures.

The government announces a state of emergency for these four prefectures, lasting from January 8 until February 7. Bars and restaurants are asked to close by eight in the evening, while residents are requested to work from home if possible, and refrain from leaving the home unnecessarily after eight in the evening.

January 6

There are 6,006 new cases in Japan, surpassing the previous record daily total by more than 1,000. The number of severe cases rises by 13 to 784. Tokyo confirms a record high of 1,591 new cases, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period over 1,000 to 1,071. The government is set to announce a state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba on January 7.

January 5

Japan reports a record high 4,912 new cases, including Tokyo’s second highest total to date of 1,278, which brings its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 979.4. There are a record 75 fatalities nationwide, while the nationwide number of severe cases rises by 40 to 771. 

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Hagiuda Kōichi says that the announcement of a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area would not mean his ministry would request all schools to close. He says that a very small proportion of children develop symptoms or become seriously ill.

January 4

Japan confirms 3,319 new cases. The number of severe cases rises by 17 to 731. Tokyo has 884 new cases, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 919.1. Following the continued spread of infections over the New Year period, Prime Minister Suga says that he is considering announcing a second state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures.

January 3

There are 3,158 new cases in Japan, including 816 in Tokyo. The number of severe hospitalized cases in the metropolis rises by 7 to a new high of 101.

January 2

Japan confirms 3,058 new cases. There are 814 in Tokyo, which has seen increasing strain on medical services. Governor Koike Yuriko and the governors of neighboring Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures call for a new state of emergency in a meeting with Minister for Economic Revitalization Nishimura.

January 1

There are 3,247 new cases across the country on New Year’s Day, including 783 in Tokyo. Due to decreases in testing around the New Year, it is a considerable drop from the previous day, but remains high. The number of severe cases rises by 35 to 716.

December 31

Japan reports a record high 4,520 new cases, considerably greater than the previous record of 3,873 on December 26. Tokyo’s daily total of 1,337 is the first time it has reported more than 1,000. Its total of 19,245 for December is close to twice as many as the 9,850 in November. Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba also confirm new daily records. The number of severe cases nationwide rises by 13 to 681.

December 30

Of the 3,852 new cases nationwide, Tokyo reports its second highest total of 944, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 815.7. The number of severe cases decreases by 7 to 668.

Tokyo Governor Koike warns that an explosive rise in cases could happen at any time and calls on residents to stay at home and avoid parties over the New Year period.

December 29

Japan confirms 3,608 new cases, including 856 in Tokyo.

December 28

There are 2,400 new cases; the number of cases reported on Mondays is lower than other days due to reduced weekend testing. Tokyo had 481, its highest total to date for a Monday.

The COVID-19 variant identified as spreading initially in South Africa is found in Japan for the first time.

December 27

Japan reports 2,948 new cases, the highest ever total for a Sunday. The number of severe cases rises by 5 to 659. The 708 new cases in Tokyo bring its total for December alone to 15,627, while there are also 343 in Kanagawa, 233 in Osaka, and 211 in Saitama.

December 26

There are 3,880 new cases across Japan, setting a record for a fourth consecutive day. This includes 949 in Tokyo, 480 in Kanagawa, and 265 in Saitama. The number of severe cases rises by 10 to 654.

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare reports that a Japanese citizen who recently returned from Britain and a member of his family tested positive for a new coronavirus variant. As a pilot, he was exempt from airport screening.

The government announces a ban on all foreign citizens entering the country from December 28 until the end of January 2021.

December 25

Japan confirms a record number of new cases for a third consecutive day. The total of 3,832 includes 884 in Tokyo, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 681.

December 24

A new record high of 3,742 new cases across the country includes highest ever totals in Kantō of 888 in Tokyo, 495 in Kanagawa, 251 in Saitama, and 234 in Chiba. The number of severe cases rises 25 to a new record of 644.

December 23

Japan reports a record high of 3,265 new cases, ahead of the 3,211 confirmed on December 11. The number of severe cases decreases by 1 to 619. There are 748 new cases in Tokyo, its second highest total to date.

December 22

Japan confirms 2,688 new cases, and severe cases rise by 17 to a new high of 620. There are 563 new cases in Tokyo, which brings its average daily total over the past 7-day period to more than 630.

December 21

There are 1,808 new cases nationwide; the number of cases reported on Mondays is lower than other days due to reduced weekend testing. With the addition of cruise ship passengers, Japan’s overall total is now over 200,000. The number of severe cases rises by 10 to 603. Tokyo reports 392 new cases, bringing its overall total to 51,838.

December 20

Japan confirms 2,496 new cases. Tokyo reports 556, its highest total for a Sunday, which brings its total for December alone to 10,507. This is the first time it has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a month. Okayama confirms a record high of 111.

December 19

Japan’s 2,982 new cases include 736 in Tokyo, bringing its overall total to 50,890. There are also new highs in Saitama and Okayama, as well as a record-tying total in Kanagawa.

December 18

There are 2,836 new cases across Japan, including 664 in Tokyo, a record high of 201 in Saitama, and 150 in Chiba, which equals its highest total to date.

December 17

Japan sets a new record with 3,214 new cases. Tokyo confirms 822, its highest total to date and more than 100 more than the previous record of 678 on December 16. The capital prefecture’s cumulative total rises to 49,490. There are also new highs in Kanagawa, Hiroshima, and Miyagi Prefectures.

December 16

Japan records 2,993 new cases, its second highest daily total to date, and the number of severe cases rises by 26 to 618. At the end of a three-week period the government said was “crucial” for containing COVID-19, cases continue to rise. Tokyo reports a record 678 new cases, bringing its overall total to 48,668, and there are also new records in Fukushima, Gunma, Kanagawa, Aichi, and Kyoto.

December 15

There are 53 fatalities in Japan, a new daily record, including 11 in Hokkaidō, 10 in Osaka, 9 in Tokyo, and 5 in Hyōgo. The number of severe cases rises 4 to a record high of 592. Osaka Prefecture opens a facility for seriously ill patients. There are 2,436 new cases across the country. Tokyo reports 460, and its average daily total over the past 7-day period rises to 519.

December 14

Japan reports 1,678 new cases; due to reduced weekend testing, there are relatively lower numbers on Mondays. There are now a record 588 severe cases, up 5 from the previous day. Tokyo confirms 305 new cases, raising its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 503.9. Prime Minister Suga suspends the Go To Travel program across the whole country from December 28 to January 11.

December 13

There are 2,389 new cases across the country, including 480 in Tokyo, its highest total to date for a Sunday. The number of severe cases rises by 5 to 583.

December 12

Japan reports 3,041 new cases, exceeding 3,000 for the first time in one day. The number of severe cases also reaches a new high of 578 with a daily increase of 24. There are new records in six prefectures: Tokyo (621), Saitama (199), Gifu (55), Iwate (43), Nagano (32), Kōchi (27), and Yamagata (22).

December 11

There are 2,798 new cases reported in Japan. Six prefectures confirm record high totals: Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Kanagawa, Hiroshima, and Ōita. The number of severe cases rises by 11 to 554. Tokyo’s 595 new cases—its second highest total to date—bring its overall total to 46,124, and its severe cases rise by 8 to 67.

The Kanagawa prefectural government announces the death of a man in his fifties at a facility for people with mild or no symptoms. It was discovered when he did not make regular contact by smartphone to report on his health.

December 10

There are 2,974 new cases in Japan, setting a new record for the second consecutive day, including 602 in Tokyo, its highest total to date, and 415 in Osaka. There are also 26 fatalities across the country, including 9 in Osaka and 5 in Hokkaidō.

December 9

Japan confirms a record high of 2,809 new cases, ahead of the previous record of 2,684 set on November 28. Tokyo has its second-highest total of 572, while Osaka has 427 and Aichi and Kanagawa 245 each. There are also high totals in prefectures that have been relatively less seriously affected to date, including 75 in both Hiroshima and Kyoto and 40 in Kagoshima. The number of severe cases rises by 19 to 555, increasing the strain on medical services. 

Omi Shigeru, who heads the government COVID-19 subcommittee, calls for the Go To Travel campaign to be suspended in areas at stage 3, or the second-highest of the four tiers representing the degree of spread of the coronavirus. However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katō Katsunobu says that there are no prefectures currently judged to be at that level.

December 8

Japan records 2,170 new cases and the number of severe cases rises by 6 to 536. There are 47 fatalities, the highest daily total to date, including 9 in Hokkaidō, 6 in Tokyo, and 4 in Aichi.

December 7

There are 1,517 new cases in Japan; reduced weekend testing means the total is lower on Mondays. However, the number of severe cases rises by 11 to 530. Responding to requests from local authorities with nurse shortages, the government will send Self-Defense Forces nurses to Hokkaidō and Osaka. Tokyo reports 299 new cases, bringing its overall total to 44,003.

December 6

Japan confirms 2,024 new cases, while the number of severe cases falls by 1 to 519. Tokyo’s 327 new cases bring its overall total to 43,704.

December 5

There are 2,508 new cases across the nation, with a new record high of 584 in Tokyo. The number of severe cases rises by 15 to its highest total to date of 520.

December 4

Japan reports 2,438 new cases, and the number of severe cases goes up by 9 to 505. There are 449 new cases in Tokyo, 394 in Osaka, and 215 in Aichi. There are 44 fatalities, the highest total to date, with 13 in Hokkaidō, 8 in Tokyo, 5 in Osaka, and 4 each in Kanagawa and Aichi.

December 3

There are 2,518 new cases across the country, and the number of severe cases rises by 9 to 497. Osaka Governor Yoshimura Hirofumi announces that the prefecture has reached a “red light” emergency and calls on residents to avoid going out unnecessarily until December 15.

December 2

Japan confirms 2,434 new cases, including 500 in Tokyo, 427 in Osaka, 219 in Aichi, and 214 in Kanagawa.

December 1

There are 2,030 new cases across Japan, and the number of severe cases rises by 21 to 493. The 41 fatalities on this day is the highest total ever, and 14 deaths take place in Hokkaidō. After Tokyo reports 372 new cases, Governor Koike meets with Prime Minister Suga and asks for seniors aged 65 and over and those with underlying conditions not to participate in trips to or from Tokyo under the Go To Travel campaign.  Suga expresses his agreement.

November 30

Japan confirms 1,447 new cases, the drop below 2,000 reflecting reduced weekend testing. The number of severe cases rises 10 to a new high of 472.

November 29

There are 2,058 new cases across the country, including 418 in Tokyo, marking the highest daily total it has ever reported on a Sunday. The number of severe cases across Japan climbs by 22 to 262.

November 28

Japan reports 2,685 new cases, which is a new record. The number of severe cases rises by 5 to 440. The 561 daily cases in Tokyo bring its overall total above 40,000.

November 27

Japan confirms 2,530 new cases, its second highest total to date. Tokyo reports a record 570 daily cases, and Aichi also has a new high of 234. The number of severe cases nationwide rises by 25 to 435, of which 61 are in Tokyo. Prime Minister Suga asks travelers from Osaka and Sapporo not to take part in the Go To Travel campaign. 

November 26

There are 2,493 cases nationwide, including 481 in Tokyo, 326 in Osaka, and 256 in Hokkaidō. Kanagawa and Hyōgo confirm new records of 254 and 184, respectively. The number of severe cases rises further, up 34 to 410.

November 25

Japan confirms 1,926 new cases, and the total number of severe cases rises by 31 to 376. There are 401 new cases in Tokyo, which introduces new measures asking eating and drinking establishments serving alcohol and karaoke parlors to close by 10:00 every night for 20 days from November 28 until December 17.

The government’s panel of experts calls for voluntary avoidance of travel to and from the cities of Osaka, Sapporo, and Nagoya, as well as the 23 municipalities of central Tokyo, which it considers to be at the second highest stage of its four-tier scale. It also says these areas should urgently consider requesting shortened hours at establishments serving alcohol.   

November 24

There are 1,230 new cases nationwide, following reduced testing on the national holiday the day before. This includes 186 in Tokyo. The number of severe cases across the country reaches a new high of 345, raising concerns over the strain on medical services. Tokyo has 51, which is its highest total since the lifting of the state of emergency in May.

The government removes the cities of Osaka and Sapporo from its Go To Travel campaign until December 15. There are no fees for cancellations, and the government will provide compensation to operators.

November 23

There are 1,526 new cases across the country, setting a new record for a Monday, which usually sees lower figures due to reduced weekend testing. This includes 314 in Tokyo and 206 in Hokkaidō. Suzuki Naomichi, the governor of Hokkaidō, says that he must consider suspending Sapporo from the Go To Travel campaign. Iwate Prefecture records its first fatality.

November 22

There are 2,170 new cases nationwide, including a new record of 490 in Osaka. Tokyo reports 391 cases, bringing its average daily total over the past 7-day period to a new high of 422. Hokkaidō confirms 245 cases. 

November 21

Japan confirms 2,586 new cases, setting a record for the fourth successive day. The total includes 539 in Tokyo, 415 in Osaka, 173 in Saitama, and 109 in Chiba. Prime Minister Suga decides to partially suspend the Go To Travel campaign, bringing a temporary halt to new reservations in areas seeing a major rise in infections.

November 20

Japan sets a record for a third successive day with 2,425 new cases, including 522 in Tokyo and more than 300 in Hokkaidō for the first time.

A government panel of experts calls for a review of the “Go To” campaigns for stimulating demand, such as excluding areas with high numbers of infections from the travel campaign. It also asks local authorities to request businesses to shorten opening hours and residents to refrain from unnecessary trips and going outside at night. The panel head Omi Shigeru notes the rising number of cases in Sapporo, Tokyo, and Osaka Prefecture.

November 19

There are 2,380 new cases nationwide, setting a new record for the second consecutive day. Tokyo exceeds 500 for the first time with 534, and the route of transmission is unclear for 60% of this total. The metropolitan government raises its COVID-19 alert to the highest level on its four-tier system. There are new records in several other prefectures, including 338 in Osaka, 267 in Hokkaidō, 219 in Aichi, and 106 in Chiba.

Prime Minister Suga says the national government is on maximum alert. Due to the risk of infection while eating or drinking together, he calls on residents to wear masks while talking together in restaurants and other such establishments, and only remove them when necessary.

November 18

Japan reports 2,201 new cases, its highest daily total to date, considerably ahead of the previous record of 1,735 on November 14. There are 493 in Tokyo, which is also a new record, ahead of the 472 cases on August 1. Kanagawa exceeds 200 for the first time with 226, while Osaka confirms its second highest daily total of 273. Clusters across the nation add to the third wave of infections.

November 17

Japan confirms 1,699 new cases, including 298 in Tokyo. Infections are rising in Kansai, where Osaka reports its second highest daily total to date of 269 and there are new records of 107 in Hyōgo and 49 in Kyoto.

Hokkaidō Governor Suzuki Naomichi calls on Sapporo residents to refrain from inessential travel, including outside the city, until November 27. He also asks residents outside Sapporo not to enter the municipality. The prefecture has recorded daily totals of more than 100 since November 5.

November 16

There are 950 cases nationwide, the second highest total ever for a Monday, which usually sees lower figures due to reduced weekend testing. (The highest was 965 on August 3.) Hokkaidō has 189 cases, ahead of Tokyo with 180.

Prime Minister Suga meets with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. The two agree to cooperate closely to ensure that the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games can be held with spectators in the summer of 2021. 

November 15

The 1,439 new cases across the country include 255 in Tokyo, where the average daily total over the past 7-day period rises above 300 for the first time since August 12. Osaka reports more cases than Tokyo with 266, while Hokkaidō has 209. 

November 14

Japan reports a new daily high for the third successive day, with 1,735 cases, including 353 in Tokyo, 285 in Osaka, and 230 in Hokkaidō. There are also new records in Chiba with 88 and Ibaraki with 40.

November 13

There are 1,704 new cases in Japan, setting a new national record for a second successive day. This includes 374 in Tokyo, 263 in Osaka, and 234 in Hokkaidō. There are also higher daily totals in prefectures that have been relatively less affected to date, such as Iwate with 16 and Ibaraki with 26.

November 12

Japan reports a record daily total of 1,669 new cases, including 393 in Tokyo, 236 in Hokkaidō, 231 in Osaka, 147 in Kanagawa, and 81 in Hyōgo. The country now appears to be moving increasingly clearly into a third wave of infections.

November 11

There are 1,543 new cases nationwide, exceeding 1,500 for the first time since August 8. Tokyo reports 317, bringing its overall number of cases to 33,377—its first daily total of more than 300 since August 20. There are new record highs in Osaka with 256, Saitama with 116, and Hyōgo with 70. Hokkaidō reports its second highest ever total of 197.

November 10

Japan records 1,284 new cases for the day, breaking the 1,000 mark once again. Of these, 293 are in Tokyo, 226 in Osaka, and 166 in Hokkaidō, which continues to see high numbers. 

November 9

There are 781 new cases in Japan, including a new record of 200 in Hokkaidō, of which 158 are in Sapporo. Due to reduced weekend testing, the Monday total is usually lower than other days. Tokyo reports 157 cases, exceeding 150 on a Monday for the first time since August 17.

Omi Shigeru, head of the government’s COVID-19 subcommittee, holds a press conference warning that stronger measures are needed to contain the spread of infection, including better information outreach to young people and foreign residents. He says it is essential to prevent the number of cases from rising to tens of thousands per day, as seen in some Western countries.

November 8

Japan confirms 955 new cases, the daily total falling below 1,000 for the first time in four days, although this reflects reduced weekend testing. Tokyo’s 189 cases bring its average daily total over the past 7-day period to 201.7, which is higher than 200 for the first time since August 29. Hokkaidō reports 153 cases, of which 96 are in Sapporo.

November 7

The 1,331 new cases across the country include a record 187 in Hokkaidō, of which 141 are in Sapporo. Due to increased cases, particularly related to to establishments offering settai services in the Susukino district of Sapporo, the prefecture raises the alert level from 2 to 3 on its five-stage scale. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in Susukino are requested to shorten opening hours to close at 10:00 at night. Tokyo reports 294 new cases.

November 6

There are 1,142 new cases nationwide, as the total tops 1,000 for the second successive day. Tokyo reports 242 new cases, bringing its overall total to 32,135, Saitama a record high of 116, and Hokkaidō 115, raising concerns that infections will spread further during winter, when adequate ventilation is more difficult.

November 5

Japan reports 1,048 new cases, exceeding 1,000 for the first time since August 21. This includes 269 in Tokyo and the first three-figure daily total for Hokkaidō of 119, of which 93 are in Sapporo.

November 4

There are 623 new cases nationwide, including 122 in Tokyo. The total is relatively low for a Wednesday due to the national holiday falling on Tuesday, meaning reduced testing.

November 3

Japan confirms 866 new cases, including 209 in Tokyo and 156 in Osaka. This is the first time for Osaka to report more than 150 cases since August 21.

November 2

There are 489 new cases in Japan. Tokyo’s figure of 87 drops below 100 for the first time in two weeks. Due to reduced weekend testing numbers, the total on Monday is lower than that for other days. However, Hokkaidō reports a new record of 96.

November 1

Of the 614 new cases nationwide, Osaka reports 123, rising above Tokyo, which has 116.

October 31

Japan reports 880 new cases, including 215 in Tokyo and a new record of 81 in Hokkaidō.

October 30

There are 776 new cases across the country. Tokyo reports 204, bringing its overall total to 30,881, while Hokkaidō has a record high to date of 69.

October 29

There are 809 new cases in Japan as the daily total tops 800 for the first time since August 29. This includes 221 in Tokyo, 125 in Osaka, and 87 in Aichi, as well as clusters in less urbanized prefectures like  Hokkaidō, Aomori, Miyagi, Shizuoka, and Okayama. With the addition of cases confirmed in airport screenings and cruise ship passengers, Japan’s overall total is now over 100,000.

October 28

Japan reports 731 new cases, of which 171 are in Tokyo. Hokkaidō raises its COVID-19 alert from the first to the second stage, calling on residents to avoid activities with a high risk of infection, such as eating and drinking together, over the next two weeks. It also calls for greater implementation of working from home.

October 27

There are 648 new cases nationwide, including 158 in Tokyo and a relatively high total of 143 in Osaka. A new record for Miyagi of 45 is connected to the cluster at a Sendai vocational college.

October 26

Japan reports 410 new cases, including 102 in Tokyo. Due to reduced weekend testing numbers, the total on Monday is lower than that for other days.

October 25

There are 495 new cases in Japan. Tokyo reports 124, bringing its overall total to 30,033. Miyagi’s highest total to date of 30 is due to a cluster of foreign students at a Sendai vocational college.

October 24

Japan confirms 731 new cases, including 203 in Tokyo

October 23

Of the 748 new cases across the nation, there are 186 in Tokyo.

October 22

There are 617 new cases reported nationwide across Japan, with the highest prefectural total, 185, in Tokyo.

October 21

Japan reports 623 new cases nationwide. There are 150 reported in Tokyo, and other heavily populated urban prefectures record relatively high totals, with 88 in Kanagawa, 82 in Osaka, 50 in Saitama, and 49 in Chiba.

October 20

There are 483 new cases across the country, with 139 in Tokyo.

October 19

Nationwide, there are 310 new cases, of which 78 are in Tokyo. Due to reduced weekend testing numbers, the total on Monday is lower than that for other days.

October 18

Japan reports 431 new cases, including 132 in Tokyo.

October 17

Of the 624 new cases in Japan, 235 are in Tokyo.

October 16

There are 642 new cases nationwide. Tokyo reports 184, bringing its overall total to 28,604.

October 15

Japan reports 708 new cases, topping 700 daily cases for the first time since September 10. The total of 284 for Tokyo is the highest for the metropolis since it recorded 339 on August 20.

October 14

Nationwide 551 new confirmed cases are reported, with 177 in Tokyo.

October 13

There are 501 new cases across the country, with 166 in Tokyo.

October 12

Japan reports 278 new cases, including 78 in Tokyo. Reduced weekend testing numbers mean the total on Monday is lower than that for other days.

October 11

Of the 437 new cases across the country, 146 are in Tokyo.

October 10

There are 681 new cases nationwide, including 249 in Tokyo and a record 100 in Saitama.

October 9

Japan has 603 new cases. Tokyo reports 203, bringing its overall total to 27,320.

October 8

Of the 627 new cases nationwide, there are 248 in Tokyo.

October 7

Japan reports 509 new cases for the day. There are 142 in Tokyo, continuing the slowly declining overall trend. 

October 6

There are 500 new cases across the country, including 177 in Tokyo.

October 5

Nationwide, Japan reports 281 new cases on Monday, including 66 in Tokyo; numbers are lower as always following the reduced testing numbers over the weekend. 

October 4

Of the 401 new cases nationwide, 108 are in Tokyo.

October 3

There are 577 new cases across the country, including 207 in Tokyo.

October 2

Japan reports 542 new cases, of which 196 are in Tokyo.

October 1

The nationwide number of daily new cases reaches 640, with 235 in Tokyo.

Entry restrictions are relaxed for students and other people with visas for more than three months.

September 30

Of the 574 new cases nationwide, 194 are in Tokyo. The country has now recorded fewer than 1,000 daily cases for 40 days. While this represents a drop from the peak in early to mid-August, there is no sign that the end of the health crisis is near, particularly in the capital.

September 29

The 532 new cases in Japan include 212 in Tokyo.

September 28

There are 301 new cases across the country, including 78 in Tokyo. Lower totals reflect reduced testing on weekends and holidays.

September 27

Of the 485 new cases nationwide, 144 are in Tokyo.

September 26

A total of 643 new cases are reported across the country, of which 270 are in Tokyo and 91 in Kanagawa.

September 25

Japan reports 576 new cases, including 195 for a second day in Tokyo, 79 in Kanagawa, and 62 in Osaka.

September 24

There are 483 new cases nationwide. With the end of the four-day weekend, the total increases along with the number of tests. Tokyo rises above 100 again, reporting 195 new cases.

September 23

Japan reports 219 new cases, including 59 in Tokyo. This is the first time for Tokyo to have fewer than 60 cases since June 30, although this is affected by reduced testing during the four-day weekend.

September 22

A total of 330 new cases are reported nationwide, with 88 in Tokyo. These low numbers are likely impacted by the testing having taken place during the preceding four-day weekend. 

September 21

Japan reports 312 new cases, of which 98, or almost 30%, are in Tokyo. The daily nationwide total has now remained below 1,000 for one month.

September 20

There are 480 new cases in Japan, including 162 in Tokyo, 60 in Kanagawa, and 59 in Osaka.

September 19

Of the 601 new cases across the country, 218 are in Tokyo and 81 in Osaka.

September 18

There are 574 new cases nationwide, including 220 in Tokyo, 78 in Kanagawa, 40 in Chiba, and 24 in Saitama. While Tokyo has dropped from its August peak, there is no end in sight.

September 17

A total of 492 new cases are reported across the country. The daily total of 171 in Tokyo drops by more than 100 from the 276 cases reported on the previous Thursday, September 10.

September 16

Japan reports 548 new cases. Tokyo’s 163 cases bring its overall total to 23,437. Kanagawa has 101 new cases and Osaka 78.

September 15

There are 530 new cases across the country. Of these, 191 are in Tokyo, which enjoyed a sub-100 total the day before.

September 14

The nationwide daily total of 269 new cases includes 80 in Tokyo.

September 13

Of the 439 new cases reported across Japan, 146 are in Tokyo.

September 12

Japan reports 648 new cases, of which 226 are in Tokyo.

September 11

There are 644 new cases nationwide, including 187 in Tokyo, 120 in Osaka, and a record high for Miyagi of 15.

September 10

Japan reports 711 new cases, of which 276 are in Tokyo, 112 in Kanagawa, and 92 in Osaka. Due to the general downward trend in Tokyo, the metropolitan government plans to lift its request for establishments  serving alcohol in the central 23 municipalities to shorten their opening hours from September 15. It will lift its request for residents to refrain from trips outside the metropolis on the same day.

September 9

There are 507 new cases nationwide for the day. Tokyo marks 149 and 106 new cases are confirmed in Kanagawa. 

September 8

Nationwide, the daily total of new cases hits 513; in Tokyo, the day’s number is 170.

September 7

Japan’s daily total of 294 new cases drops below 300 for the first time since July 13. This appears to have been influenced in part by decreased weekend testing; operations were further reduced in the west of the country due to the approach of Typhoon Haishen. Tokyo reports 77 cases.

September 6

The nationwide daily total of 450 new cases includes 116 in Tokyo.

September 5

Japan’s daily total of 599 new cases includes 181 in Tokyo, 76 in Osaka, and 67 in Kanagawa.

September 4

The nationwide daily total of 588 new cases includes 136 in Tokyo, 108 in Kanagawa, and 74 in Osaka. It is now two weeks since the daily total last topped 1,000 cases.

September 3

Japan’s daily total of 658 new cases includes 211 in Tokyo.

The Nikkei index rises 218.38 to finish the day at 23,465.53, returning to a prepandemic level.

September 2

The nationwide daily total of 594 new cases includes 141 in Tokyo.

September 1

Japan’s daily total of 630 new cases includes 170 in Tokyo and 114 in Osaka. A cluster at a medical facility leads to Ishikawa recording its highest ever prefectural daily total of 27.

August 31

Japan marks a daily total of 435 new cases nationwide, including an even 100 in Tokyo.

August 30

The nationwide daily total of 599 new cases includes 148 in Tokyo.

August 29

The nationwide daily total of 845 new cases includes 247 in Tokyo, 106 in Kanagawa, and 90 in Osaka.

August 28

The nationwide daily total of 880 new cases includes 226 in Tokyo, 106 in Osaka, and 75 in Kanagawa.

August 27

Tokyo reports 250 new cases, bringing its overall total above 20,000 to 20,096. It topped 5,000 on May 11 and 10,000 on July 22. The nationwide total for the day is 863.

Tokyo extends its request for karaoke parlors and establishments serving alcohol to close by 10:00 at night, although it limits the call to the central 23 municipalities. The request, which was previously scheduled from August 3 to 31, now runs until September 15.

August 26

The nationwide daily total of 898 new cases includes 236 in Tokyo. A Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare working group agrees to call on seniors, medical personnel, and other high-priority groups to get vaccinated early for influenza ahead of the winter season.

August 25

The nationwide daily total of 717 new cases includes 182 in Tokyo. At a press conference, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Hagiuda Kōichi calls on Japanese children to show consideration for others who are infected or have symptoms.

August 24

The nationwide daily total of 493 new cases includes 95 in Tokyo and 60 in Osaka. It drops below 500 for the first time since July 20.

August 23

The nationwide daily total of 745 new cases includes 212 in Tokyo.

August 22

The nationwide daily total of 982 new cases includes 256 in Tokyo.

August 21

The nationwide daily total of 1,034 new cases includes 258 in Tokyo, 166 in Osaka, and 87 in Fukuoka. A government panel of experts suggests that the present wave of infections may have reached its peak from July 27 to 29. 

August 20

The nationwide daily total of 1,183 new cases includes 339 in Tokyo. With the addition of cases confirmed in airport screenings and cruise ship passengers, Japan’s overall total is now 60,000. It took around three months to reach 10,000 from the first confirmed case on January 16. This month, the total passed 40,000 on August 4 and 50,000 on August 10.

August 19

The nationwide daily total of 1,065 new cases includes 187 in Osaka, outstripping the 186 in Tokyo, 103 in Fukuoka, and 95 in Kanagawa. 

August 18

The nationwide daily total of 917 new cases includes 207 in Tokyo, 185 in Osaka, and 84 in Kanagawa. There are 16 fatalities across the country, including 6 in Osaka, and 3 each in Tokyo and Fukuoka, which is the highest daily total since the national state of emergency was lifted.

August 17

The nationwide daily total of 641 new cases includes 161 in Tokyo. The relatively low total is affected by reduced testing during the final weekend of the Obon holiday season. In a speech, Tokyo Governor Koike notes the tendency for lower figures on Monday, and calls on residents to remain vigilant.

Japan’s GDP for the second quarter of 2020 drops by 27.8% on an annualized basis, the largest decrease on record. Calls to refrain from going outside during the state of emergency contributed to an 8.2% drop in personal consumption, which accounts for more than half of GDP. Plummeting global demand also led to an 18.5% drop in exports.

August 16

The nationwide daily total of 1,021 new cases includes 260 in Tokyo, although the lower number is thought to have been affected by reduced testing during the Obon holiday season. A cluster among members of the rugby team at Tenri University, Nara Prefecture, has  infected 20 people to date.

August 15

Tokyo reports 385 new cases, bringing its overall total to 17,454. Kanagawa reports a record high 136 new cases.

August 14

The nationwide daily total of 1,359 new cases includes 389 in Tokyo, 192 in Osaka, and 117 in Kanagawa.

August 13

The nationwide daily total of 1,177 new cases includes 206 in Tokyo, 177 in Osaka, 144 in Fukuoka, and 123 in Kanagawa.

August 12

The nationwide daily total of 972 new cases includes 222 in Tokyo, 184 in Osaka, 86 in Aichi, and 77 in Fukuoka.

August 11

The nationwide daily total of 702 new cases includes 188 in Tokyo. The relatively low total is affected by reduced testing over the long weekend.

August 10

The nationwide daily total of 837 new cases includes 197 in Tokyo, 123 in Osaka, and 72 in Fukuoka. The relatively low total is affected by reduced testing over the long weekend.

August 9

The nationwide daily total of 1,441 new cases includes 331 in Tokyo, 195 in Osaka, 129 in Aichi, and 109 in Fukuoka. Okinawa reports a record 159 new cases.

A major cluster emerges in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, as 86 students and 2 teachers connected to a high school soccer club are found to be infected.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō says that every necessary measure should be taken to avoid declaring another state of emergency, considering the effect it would have on employment and daily lives.

August 8

The nationwide daily total of 1,563 new cases includes 429 in Tokyo and record figures in Kanagawa (129) and Saitama (84).

August 7

The nationwide daily total of 1,600 new cases is  the highest to date.  Tokyo reports 462 new cases, bringing its overall total to 15,107, and there are record figures in Osaka (255) and Okinawa (100).

August 6

The nationwide daily total of 1,472 new cases includes 360 in Tokyo and record figures in Osaka (225), Kanagawa (119), and Chiba (76).

Tokyo Governor Koike calls on residents to refrain from travel outside the metropolis during the Obon holiday period.

Aichi Prefecture declares its own state of emergency from August 6 to 24. Residents are asked to refrain from making unnecessary trips across prefectural borders and having meals or parties in groups of five or more. Governor Ōmura Hideaki says people should think seriously before making decisions on meeting relatives during the Obon holidays.

August 5

The nationwide daily total of 1,356 new cases includes 263 in Tokyo.

Fukuoka issues a prefectural alert, calling on medical facilities to secure beds due to the rapid increase in patients. From August 8 to 21, customers are asked to limit visits to establishments offering settai services or serving alcohol to a maximum of two hours each time.

August 4

The nationwide daily total of 1,230 new cases includes 309 in Tokyo and record figures in Kanagawa (89) and Okinawa (83).

August 3

The nationwide daily total of 960 falls below 1,000 for the first time in six days,. However, the figure was reduced somewhat by the lower level of weekend testing. Tokyo reports 258 new cases.

August 2

The nationwide daily total of 1,332 new cases includes 292 in Tokyo, 194 in Osaka, and 160 in Aichi. There are also high totals per capita in some less urbanized prefectures, including 64 in Okinawa, 60 in Miyazaki, and 23 in Nagasaki.

August 1

The nationwide daily total of 1,534 new cases tops 1,000 for the fourth successive day. Tokyo reports a record total of 472, while there are also many cases in other heavily urbanized districts like Osaka, Aichi, and Fukuoka.

The Aichi prefectural government requests karaoke parlors and establishments offering settai services or serving alcohol in Nagoya entertainment districts to shorten operating hours until 8:00 in the evening. It says it will pay ¥10,000 each day to establishments that cooperate during the period from August 5 to 24.

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(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pakutaso.)

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