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更新日:2020年12月11日

MIM – December 10, 2020 issue

1.Counseling and support services are available in English

Specified nonprofit organization Tokyo English Lifeline (commonly known as "TELL"), is an NPO that provides mental health services to foreigners living in Japan and to Japanese citizens who have returned to Japan from abroad, mainly through counseling and support activities conducted in English.

In order to help them deal with various emotional issues such as family problems, interpersonal relationships, depression, and thoughts of suicide, TELL offers anonymous, free telephone consultations to people who are at risk of social isolation due to language barriers and have difficulty in obtaining information about daily life activities. Besides mental health counseling, TELL also provides a wide range of information related to daily life, including medical care and law. In addition to free telephone consultations, TELL has established a psychiatric clinic that offers face-to-face and remote counseling. Comprehensive emotional support services, conducted by certified counselors who have been educated overseas, are available in multiple languages, including English and Japanese. They also provide services for children and families and conduct various activities aimed at outreach in local communities.

- Counseling appointments

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (available year-round)

Tel: 03-5774-0992

https://telljp.com/lifeline/(external link) (English)

2.Let’s prevent food poisoning from norovirus this winter season

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◇What is norovirus?

Food poisoning and infections caused by norovirus are common throughout autumn and winter every year and increase in number from around October. Norovirus can establish an infection even when a very small amount (10 to 100 virus particles) of norovirus is transmitted, and symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever appear 24 to 48 hours after infection. 

◇Transmission routes

There are two types of norovirus: one is carried by shellfish such as oysters and the other is carried by humans. In cases where humans are infected with norovirus, it is said that virus particles remain in the body for one week to one month or even more after the infected person’s physical condition returns to normal and the particles continue to be excreted in their stool. Infection spreads through the ingestion of foods prepared by food handlers who have not thoroughly washed their hands after using the toilet. 

Daily preventive measures

Norovirus is said to lose its infectious capacity when food is heated to a core temperature of 85 to 90 degrees Celsius for 90 seconds or longer. Only eat shellfish that have been cooked all the way through.

Alcohol disinfectants are not particularly effective on norovirus, so hand washing is the most effective prevention measure. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and rinse well with running water, especially before meals, after using the toilet, and before and after cooking. Wash your hands twice, carefully scraping off all particles of dirt from every part of your hands and fingers. 

*For more information, please see the Minato City website. (Japanese)

https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kouhou/kuse/koho/minato2020/202011/20201121top/17.html

3.We have created a group dining etiquette guide

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Because it has been confirmed to some extent that COVID-19 infections tend to occur in group dining situations, it is very important to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection in such settings. 

(1) Recommended measures

- Make toasts and carry on conversations in a moderate voice

- When you take off your mask to have a conversation, put a folding fan in front of your mouth to prevent particulate spray. 

(2) Actions to be avoided

- Avoid sitting around small tables, facing each other

- Avoid removing your mask and placing it directly on the table

- Avoid using a loud voice to offer toasts or engage in conversations 

*For more information, please see the Minato City website. (Japanese)

https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kouhou/documents/minnatokaisyokumannerguide.pdf

4."Christmas Garden" is being held at Shibakoen!

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One of Japan’s largest Christmas events, “Christmas Garden”, is being held at Shibakoen. 

At the Christmas Garden, more than 100 kinds of beer and liquor from about 10 countries, and more than 200 Christmas-themed foods and merchandise are being sold. Over 100 Christmas trees have been lined up to create a magical winter atmosphere that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood! 

Candle art is displayed for the purpose of collecting donations for those who work on the front lines in the medical field and those who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the sales of greeting cards and candles will be used as support funds. 

[Dates] Friday, December 4 - Friday, December 25, 2020

* Held even in rainy weather (but may be canceled due to stormy weather) 

[Cost] Free Admission 

*For more information, please see the Minato City website. (Japanese)

https://christmasgarden.jp/(external link) 

5.We are publishing the English newsletter, "Minato Monthly"

◇ We publish the English newsletter, "Minato Monthly", on the 1st of each month. 

◇ We can mail the newsletter to residents’ homes.

https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kouhou/kuse/koho/minatomonthly/inquiry.html (English) 

◇ Or you can pick up a copy at Minato City Hall, Minato City Sports Center, or any regional city office or municipal library.

Copies will also be available at some JR and subway stations in the city. 

◇ You can also see it on the Minato City Website. Newsletters from the past two years are available.

https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kuse/koho/minatomonthly/201101/

https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kuse/koho/minatomonthly/ (English)

6.There is a new multilingual AI chat!

It is now easier to use our service, which utilizes AI in a chat-format, to automatically get answers to your inquiries about administrative information! It is easier to understand with simple search methods which employ multiple choice options, as well as maps and images.
 We hope you will take advantage of this service!
[Supported languages] English, simple Japanese
[Question topics supported]
Eight categories: disaster prevention, trash disposal, child rearing / education, international / culture, medical / hospitals, various procedures (taxes, insurance, pension), tourism, and neighborhood associations. In addition, trivia is available on lifestyles and culture unique to Japan.
[How to use]
1. Access the Minato Information Board Facebook page (https://facebook.com/city.minato.mib/(external link)).
2. Click “Send message”.
3. Ask the AI a question.
* To use the service, you must download the Facebook Messenger app (free).
[Contact] Minato City Community Promotion Section, Global Community Planning Subsection (Tel: 03-3578-2565) *Japanese and English

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