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2020年

4月

02日

Information Regarding COVID-19 in Yamagata

Please Note: These translations are not offical translations. They are translated by the two prefectural Coordinators for International Relations (CIR) in Yamagata to provide COVID-19 related information to the English-speaking residents of Yamagata.

Table of Contents

 

 

 ・Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 April 2nd at 4:15 PM Regarding the Third COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

 

 ・Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 April 1st at 3:30 PM Regarding the Second COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

 

・Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 March 31st at 3 PM Regarding the First COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

 

・Yamagata Prefectural Portal Site Information Regarding COVID-19

 

・A Message From The Prefectural Governor (2020 March 28th)

 

 

Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 April 2nd at 4:15 PM Regarding the Third COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

Press Conference Document Regarding the Third COVID-19 Case (April 2nd, 2020)
20.4.2 Press Conference Document Regardi
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The person who tested positive is a Shinjo City male resident in his 60's. He is currently unemployed.

 

On the 26th (Thu) He had a 38 C fever and stayed home until the 29th (Sun).

However symptoms persisted so on the 30th (Mon), he took an influenza test and tested negative.

 

On the 31st (Tue) in the middle of the night, he went to the ER as he experienced symptoms of pneumonia.

 

On the 1st, he got a CT scan and went to the health care center around 5 pm and took a PCR test that tested positive.

Currently, he is in the ICU in critical condition and is unable to speak. Therefore it is very difficult to track his prior movements. He has not been outside of the country within 1 month prior to the infection.

 

It has been confirmed that his son from Tokyo came from March 17th ~ 20th and developed a fever on the 18th, but did not go to a healthcare center. He returned to Tokyo on the 20th and used the Bullet Train to travel from Tokyo to Shinjo. There are eight people who were in close contact with him and they're also being tested (including family members such as his son and potentially at least one nursery-age child). The family is currenlty self-isolating at home.

 

Other details are currently being investigated at this moment.

 

From the Governor: If you have symptoms, please contact your regional Healthcare Center. Be calm, continue good hygienic practices, and don't gather in large groups - especially young people. Also please refrain from having visitors from outside of the prefecture, especially in highly infected areas such as Tokyo.

Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 April 1st at 3:30 PM Regarding the Second COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

Press Conference Document Regarding the Second COVID-19 Case (April 1st, 2020)
20.4.1 Press Conference Document Regardi
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The person who tested positive is a Kaminoyama City male resident in his 60's who works at a the "Tsuki No Ike" Ryokan in Kaminoyama City as Head of Food Preperation.

 

On the 23rd, he felt overall fatigued.

On the 27th, he had a 38 C fever.

On the 30th, he took a test to check for COVID-19 and got negative results.

On the 31st, he developed pneumonia and took the PCR test in the evening, which came back as positive.

 

Currently he is being isolated and hospitalized.

It is unclear how he became infected and the eight people who have been in close contact with him are currently being tested, including his four family members.

 

Other details are currently being investigated at this moment.

 

As always, please practice good hygiene and social distancing practices! If you feel like you could be affected, please check into the nearest Health Care Center.

Summary of the Governor's Press Conference on 2020 March 31st at 3 PM Regarding the First COVID-19 Case in Yamagata

Press Conference Document Regarding the First COVID-19 Case (March 31st, 2020)
20.3.31 Press Conference Document Regard
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The person who tested positive for coronavirus is a female in her 20's who came into the Prefecture on March 24th via Shinkansen to participate in the Yonezawa Driving School. She is a resident of Kanagawa. The virus probably came before she came into the prefecture.

On March 27th after 4 pm, she had a fever and on March 29th, checked into the Okitama Health Care Center.

 

She took a PCR-based exam on the afternoon of March 30th, and her results came back as positive.

 

The person will be taken and hospitalized in a local hospital.

 

Persons who were in close contact with her are also going to be tested, including the three people staying with her.

 

The Yonezawa Driving School will be closed for the time being.

 

The prefectural information meetings for new hires are also cancelled.

 

The Governor would like to emphasis the following three points:

1. Please stay calm.

2. Please continue being diligent about proper hygiene care such as hand washing, coughing etiquitte, and other preventative measurements

3. As she stated in her statement on March 28th: Young people especially be careful of your actions, as even if you are asymptomatic, you could affect the elderly and immunocompromised people around you.

 

If you feel like you could be affected, please check into the nearest Health Care Center. It is STRONGLY advised not to travel outside of the prefecture nor to gather/socialize in big groups.

Please take care everyone!

 

Press Conference Document (Japanese Only)

Yamagata Prefectural Portal Site Information Regarding COVID-19

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) information found in the prefectural website translated into English. Please download this file if the PDF Viewer below does not work.
Yamagata Prefectural Webpage Information
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A Message From The Prefectural Governor (2020 March 28th)

20.3.28 Governor's Statement Regarding COVID-19
A translation of the Governor's statement regarding COVID-19. Please download this file if the image below does not work.
20.3.28 Governor's Statement Regarding C
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2020年

3月

31日

A Notice from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan

 

 

February 28th, 2020

Immigration Services Agency of Japan

 

Crowd Control for Immigration Counter to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus (COV-19)

 

For persons whose Status of Residence expire during the month of March1 (excluding Temporary Visitor and Designated Activities (Departure Preparation Period) visas) and are trying to submit an “Application for Change of Status of Residence” or an “Application for Extension of Period of Stay”, applicable foreign residents may submit their applications up to one (1) month after the expiration date of your current Status of Residence.

 

1 Attention: This includes persons who are applying for new visas during the month of March, such as registering the birth of a baby.

 

Easy Japanese Version:  http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001316182.pdf

 

 

Immigration Services Agency of Japan English Website: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/index.html

2020年

3月

09日

AIRY Japanese Classes 2020

☆☆Let's Study Japanese Together!☆☆

 

 

Early Intermediate Japanese Class

 

Comprehensive Intermediate Class
JLPT N3 Class
When?

9th Apr (Thu) - 16th July (Thu)

Every Thursday

Total 15 Classes

7th Apr (Tue) - 21st July (Tue)

Every Tuesday and Friday

Total 30 classes

 24th Mar (Tue) - 7th July (Thu)

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Total 30 classes

 

Time?

 Mornings

10:30 - 12:30

 Evenings

18:30 - 20:30

 

Details?

・ Review of beginner level Japanese

・Study of intermediate level Japanese

 ・To strengthen reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

 ・To study for and aim to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N3

Cost

5,000 Yen

AIRY Members: 1,000 Yen

9,000 Yen

AIRY Members: 5,000 Yen 

Who? People who have finished learning beginner's level of Japanese
Where?

Association for International Relations in Yamagata (AIRY) - Classroom

Deadline?

March 3rd (Fri)

March 13th (Fri)
 All classes will only be offered if there are at least three interested applicants

★Online Application Form

※Please DO NOT forget to enter your e-mail address!

メモ: * は入力必須項目です

2020年

1月

16日

JET Beginner Japanese Classes! Winter Session

Hello everyone! Hope your new year is starting off strong!

 

Just wanted to inform you that we are starting our JET Beginner Japanese Classes for the winter! It will be taught in English by the two English-speaking prefectural Coordinators for International Relations and will continue on from the fall. Below are some of the basics we have learned:

 

- Hiragana

- Katakana

- Basic kanji

- Verb, adjective, noun conjugations in both formal and casual positive and negative forms

 

Classes will run from January 16th until March 19th every Thursday from 18:00 until 20:00 in AIRY Classroom B. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact Michiko at yoshinom2017@pref.yamagata.jp .

 

日本語がんばりましょう!

2020年

1月

04日

Face To Face No. 84 is out!

 

 

 

Happy new year everyone! Hope the beginning of the new decade is starting off wonderfully!

 

In this issue, we made our own unique chopsticks/butter knife out of local fruit wood of Yamagata in Kaminoyama! 

 

This time around, we interviewed one of two Sports Exchange Advisors (SEA) in Yamagata - Bahati Rodgers from Tanzania! We heard his experiences being an SEA and his experiences with his family here in Yamagata for the past two years..

 

Lastly, the Counselling Corner tells us the increased fees surrounding distracted driving.

 

You can download the current issue by clicking on the image above or find past issues of our newsletter here!

 

We publish Face to Face three times a year. Each newsletter includes an exploration of a specific part of Yamagata, various voices and opinions from other foreigners living in Yamagata, as well as some tips and advice from our counselling corner.

 

We're always looking for writers for our International Insights section so feel free to contact us if you're interested!

2019年

9月

12日

JET Beginner Japanese Classes! Fall Session

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a good day despite the weird weather we're having...

 

Anyways, just wanted to inform you that we are starting our JET Beginner Japanese Classes next week! It will be taught in English by the two English-speaking prefectural Coordinators for International Relations and will start from the very basics, making our way up slowly.

 

They'll run from September 12th until December 12th every Thursday from 18:30 until 20:30 in AIRY Classroom B. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact Michiko at yoshinom2017@pref.yamagata.jp .

 

日本語がんばりましょう!

2019年

8月

23日

AIRY Japanese Classes

☆☆Let's Study Japanese Together!☆☆

 

 

Early Intermediate Japanese Class

 

Comprehensive Intermediate Class
JLPT N2 Class
When?

5th Sept (Thu) - 12th Dec (Thu)

Every Thursday

Total 15 Classes

3rd Sept (Tue) - 13th Dec (Fri)

Every Tuesday and Friday

Total 30 classes

 27th Aug (Tue) - 5th Dec (Thu)

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Total 30 classes

 

Time?

 Mornings

10:30 - 12:30

 Evenings

18:30 - 20:30

 

Details?

・ Review of beginner level Japanese

・Study of intermediate level Japanese

 ・To strengthen reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

 ・To study for and aim to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2

Cost

4,500 Yen

AIRY Members: 500 Yen

9,000 Yen

AIRY Members: 5,000 Yen 

Who? People who have finished learning beginner's level of Japanese
Where?

Association for International Relations in Yamagata (AIRY) - Classroom

Deadline?

August 23rd (Fri) 

August 15th (Thu)
 All classes will only be offered if there are at least three interested applicants

★Online Application Form

※Please DO NOT forget to enter your e-mail address!

メモ: * は入力必須項目です

2019年

7月

31日

Face To Face No. 83 is out!

The hot summer is finally ending! Hopefully the weather has cooled enough for you to enjoy the remaining festivals and all the fun things Yamagata has to offer!

 

In this issue, we had a wild two hour journey with the "Country Experience" in Tozawa Village!

 

In International Insights, Marcus Takeshi Helm writes about finding his community through bouldering in Yamagata.

 

Lastly, the Counselling Corner gives information extensions for Permanent Resident/Highly Skilled Professional (ii) Residence Cards and there is a recruitment from AIRY about Japanese classes!

 

You can download the current issue by clicking on the image on the left or find past issues of our newsletter here!

 

We publish Face to Face three times a year. Each newsletter includes an exploration of a specific part of Yamagata, various voices and opinions from other foreigners living in Yamagata, as well as some tips and advice from our counselling corner.

 

We're always looking for writers for our International Insights section so feel free to contact us if you're interested!

2019年

4月

11日

JET Intermediate Japanese Classes!

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a good day despite the weird weather we're having...

 

Anyways, just wanted to inform you that the continuation of the JET Beginner Japanese classes and Japanese Comprehensive Reading/Listening classes from earlier this year is starting up again!

 

They'll run from April 11th until June 27th every Thursday from 18:30 until 20:30 in AIRY Classroom B, excluding April 18th and May 2nd. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact Erica Telford at telforde2018@pref.yamagata.jp .

 

日本語がんばりましょう!

2019年

4月

11日

Cherry Blossom Viewing Around Yamagata Prefecture!

Hey All!

 

In the southern regions of the country, it's already cherry blossom season. People are out and about having hanami and enjoying warm whether!

 

Hanami in Tohoku comes later, due to our colder climate, but hopefully we'll see a lot of beautiful flowers later this month!

 

Below is a list of various cherry blossom viewing spots in all four regions (Mogami, Murayama, Shonai, Okitama) of the prefecture! Also there is the Human Shogi and the Yonezawa Uesugi Festival happening soon. If you don't have plans yet, definitely go enjoy a nice picnic with great people! :)

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