Coronavirus Consultation Services For Foreigners

Coronavirus consultation services for foreigners

Non-Japanese speakers who want advice on the new coronavirus can call hotlines run by the Japan Tourism Agency and some local governments.

The agency offers consultation services in English, Chinese, and Korean for 24 hours every day. The number is 050-3816-2787.

Some Shinkansen Services To Be Suspended In March

Some Shinkansen services to be suspended in March

The operator of Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen line says it will reduce the number of its trains in late March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Central Japan Railway Company had planned to operate extra Nozomi bullet trains from March 19 through 31, when the number of passengers usually increases due to spring holidays.

Tokyo Muslims, Catholics Halt Religious Services

Tokyo Muslims, Catholics halt religious services

Amid growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, some religious facilities in Tokyo are now halting their public services.

A mosque located in the Akihabara district has decided to suspend its Friday prayers until next week.

Jr Group Restores Credit Card Services

JR group restores credit card services

The Japan Railway group says its credit card payment system is now back online nationwide. A glitch early on Monday left travelers unable to use the form of payment, creating headaches for the morning commute.

JR officials say the problem started at around 4 a.m. and lasted five hours. They say there was a technical issue in the server that processes credit payments.

Japan Railway Group Restores Credit Card Services

Japan Railway group restores credit card services

The Japan Railway group says it has managed to restore credit card services across the country. JR operators had been unable to accept the payment method on Monday morning due to a system issue.

Customers can again use credit cards for all purchases, including buying tickets in-person or online.

Credit Card Services Down At Jr Rail Operators

Credit card services down at JR rail operators

Many of Japan's major rail operators are reporting problems with taking credit cards. All JR companies across the country are currently not accepting the payment method due to the issue.

The problem reportedly started at around 4 a.m. Monday morning, local time.

Train Services To Run Later During Tokyo Olympics

Train services to run later during Tokyo Olympics

The last train schedules in and around the Japanese capital will be extended by up to two hours during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Some events at the 2020 Games will end after 11 p.m. As a measure to allow spectators to get home easily from venues, the Tokyo Metropolitan government, the Olympic organizing committee and 19 railway operators agreed to extend the train service hours.

Toshiba To Form Alliance For Iot Services

Toshiba to form alliance for IoT services

Toshiba announced plans on Tuesday for an alliance of more than 100 firms and organizations that will develop Internet of Things services.

Major companies such as Softbank and Kyocera, start-up firms and universities are among those expected to join the ifLink Open Community.

Most Transportation Services Back To Normal

Most transportation services back to normal

Railway services in the Tokyo area have returned to normal from the first run on Monday after Typhoon Hagibis caused disruptions over the weekend.

Shinkansen bullet trains were running as normal on Monday on the Tokaido, Tohoku, Akita and Joetsu lines.

Hagibis Causes Stoppage Of Water Services

Hagibis causes stoppage of water services

Almost 14,000 households in eight prefectures are without water supplies in the wake of the storm Hagibis.

As of 5:00 a.m. Sunday, 4,540 households in Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture do not have tap water service. Also 4,200 households in Tsukubamirai in Ibaraki Prefecture, 1,200 in Kanra in Gunma Prefecture and Yamakita in Kanagawa Prefecture are without tap water.