Prefectures affected by Typhoon Hagibis are making efforts to grasp the extent of damage. They're offering multilingual assistance to foreign residents and tourists affected by the devastating typhoon.
The Miyagi International Association has set up a hotline for foreigners in 12 languages--English, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Tagalog, and Hindi. The phone number is 022-275-9990.
The Fukushima International Association offers assistance in six languages--English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. The number is 024-524-1316.
Ibaraki Prefecture provides information on its Disaster Prevention and Risk Management website in five languages-- English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese.
The Ibaraki International Association is also gathering staff to provide assistance in nine languages--English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, and Portuguese.
In Tochigi Prefecture, a help center was set up in coordination with the Tochigi International Association after emergency warnings were issued. Their multilingual assistance includes English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. The number is 028-627-3399. The help center will be open until Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The association is also sending emails to about 3,000 foreigners registered on their mailing list, offering information such as where to dispose of damaged items.
Saitama Information & Support, operated by the Saitama International Association, offers consultations in eight languages--English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. The number is 048-833-3296.
In Gunma Prefecture, the One-Stop Consultation Center for Foreign Residents within the prefectural office offers consultations on typhoon-related matters. Their multilingual service includes Chinese, Vietnamese, English, Spanish and Portuguese. The number is 027-289-8275.
In Tokyo, the Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs provides information in three languages. They offer consultations on certification of damage, information on how and where to dispose of damaged items and contact information for local municipalities.
The number for English service is 03-5320-7744, available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The number for the Chinese service is 03-5320-7766, with the same hours on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The number for the Korean service is 03-5320-7700, with the same hours on Wednesdays.
In Shizuoka, the number for the Shizuoka Assistance Center for Foreign Residents is 054-204-2000. They offer assistance in Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, and Korean.
In Nagano, the number of the Nagano Assistance Center for Foreign Residents is 026-219-3068. They offer consultations in 15 languages--Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, English, Indonesian, Spanish, Nepalese, Malay, Burmese, French, Cambodian, and German.
In Iwate, the Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents provides assistance in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese. The number is 019-654-8900.
In Niigata, the Foreign Resident Consultation Center of Niigata offers assistance in English, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese. The number is 025-241-1881.