COVID-19 Info & Announcements / コロナウイルス2019情報・お知らせ

COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) / コロナウイルス2019

As the world has been hit hard by the Novel Coronavirus 2019, we at the NC Japan Center want to do our part to spread awareness about the best resources available to stay informed about this virus, where it has spread, and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. We send our best wishes to our community members, residents of North Carolina, and everyone around the world to stay safe and healthy.

The first case of COVID-19 reported in North Carolina was on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, in Wake County (as of 8-10-20, there have been 136,844 “laboratory-confirmed cases” in North Carolina). We urge everyone to educate themselves on this virus, and to adhere to government guidelines on how best to avoid exposure, whilst respecting and supporting each other, no matter our country of origin.

ご承知の通り、全世界が新型コロナウイルスによって大きな打撃を受けているため、NCジャパンセンターでは、このウイルスに関するできるだけ正しい情報を入手し、感染拡散の場所、および皆様の身を守る最善の方法についての情報発信という役割を果たして行きたいと考えています 。地域の皆様、ノースカロライナ州の住民、そして世界中のすべての人に、安全で健康に暮らすことができるように、心から祈っております。

ノースカロライナ州ではこの3月3日(火曜日)にウェイク郡で最初のコロナウィルスの感染者が報告されました(8月10日時点:コロナウィルス感染者数 136,844人(死亡者、回復患者含む) )。今は誰もがこのウイルスについて正しく理解し、出身国に関係なくお互いを尊重し、支援しながら、感染拡大を食い止めるよう政府のガイドラインに従うことを強くお願いさせていただきます。



July 27: Upcoming NCDHHS COVID-19 Community Testing Events Scheduled; Testing is Free






May 11: Governor Cooper Phase 1 of Easing Restrictions Announcement:


May 20: Governor Cooper Phase 2 of Easing Restrictions Announcement:

ARASHI Picturebook Storytime: (Japanese with English subtitles available!)
The popular Japanese pop group ARASHI has begun to host an online storytime for children on their YouTube channel, to help parents working from home during the current situation.


アップデート:7月4日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)についての最新動向(その8)

アップデート:6月4日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)についての最新動向(その7)

アップデート:5月14日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向(その6)

アップデート:5月13日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向(その5)

アップデート:5月6日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向(その4)

アップデート:4月27日:JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向(その3)

アップデート:4月24日:JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向(その2)

アップデート:4月22日:(JETRO アトランタ事務所
【コロナウイルス関連情報】Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向

【Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)の追加融資枠についての最新動向】
トランプ政権と議会は4月21日、新型コロナウイルス対策法案につき合意し、上院では同日法案が可決されました。PPPには3,000億ドル超が追加融資枠として投じられる見込みです。但し、その一部は、銀行との関係が弱い中小企業へ優先的に配分される仕組みになる見通しです。具体的には預金保険対象機関(Insured Depository Institution)や信用組合(Credit Union)、地域金融機関(Community Financial Institution)を通じた融資に、追加予算の一部が確保される見込みです。法案は最も早いシナリオではこの後、4月23日に下院で可決され、その日のうちに大統領の署名をもって成立の可能性があります。


Upcoming COVID-19-related Webinars:

August 11: 4:30-5:30PM (EDT): Japan Forum for Innovation & Technology / UC San Diego
Peak Japan – Is this as good as it gets?

Has Japan peaked, or can it reinvent and relaunch? Over the past two decades, Japan has let a lot of good crises go to waste, argues Brad Glosserman, author of “Peak Japan” and co-author of “The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash”. Come zoom with us to learn what he thinks needs to happen for Japan to turn itself around and assume and maintain a leading position in the region and the world.


August 11: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASDFW (sourced from JASNC)
Japanese Government Leadership and U.S.-Japan Relations During COVID-19

Co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Policy Policy and International Studies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions across the globe and has forced governments to act rapidly in order to ensure public safety. Leaders in Japan had the dual dilemma of being one of the first countries to experience the disease and dealing with the postponement of a massive spectator event, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan has also demonstrated unique leadership styles, varying between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura. Additionally, this period has represented a challenge for relations between Japan and the U.S. given the two countries’ restricted access. Join us for this engaging discussion on how leaders in Japan addressed the pandemic, the importance for the future of Japanese politics, and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.


August 12: 6:30-7:30PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council
Toward a Thriving Post-Pandemic Future: COVID-19’s Effect on Corporate Board Governance and Increased Focus on ESG

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected communities far and wide—at home, in business, and in governance across the Pacific and globally. The crisis has elevated the role corporate boards play in business continuity to minimize disruption and in enterprise and organizational resilience for future growth. The board’s focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) remains high, given how elements of ESG are vital to how we—as employees, investors, families, and communities—work together through this crisis to ensure not only corporate sustainability but also the health, safety, and wellness of our society at large.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion featuring experts from the government, corporate boards, and investor side where we will discuss how the board can ensure the critical issues related to the E (environmental) and S (social) pillars of ESG are addressed to ensure long-term success.

Toward a Thriving Post-Pandemic Future: COVID-19’s Effect on Corporate Board Governance and Increased Focus on ESG
Date: August 12 (U.S)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
Register: Click here
Please consider supporting this free event by offering a donation here.
Speakers include Bonnie Hill, Ed.D, Co-founder of Icon Blue; Marcus Otsuji, Japan Country Manager at Geodesic Capital; Genevieve Shiroma (JALD ’11), Commissioner at the CA Public Utility Commission and Former Chair at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board; and Council Leader Ako Williams, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ushio America, Inc., as moderator.


August 19: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASDFW (Sourced from JASNC)
Japanese Health and Wellness During COVID-19

Tea has been an essential part of life in Japan for centuries. More recently, a symbol of health and wellness, for its antioxidants & immune boosting properties. It has been the centerpiece of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, called cha-no-you (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道), the artfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving finely ground green tea powder called “matcha.”. Japan’s long-honored tradition of tea, meditation and mindfulness has played an integral role in the Japanese life expectancy, one of the longest in the world. Join us for a discussion in the time of COVID-19 and the practice of integrative health for a vibrant and long life of well-being.


NC Japan Center主催:公的高齢者医療保険「メディケアの基礎と申請手続き」についてオンラインセミナ






















Past COVID-19-related Webinars:

NC Japan Center: Webinar with Ambassador Sugiyama:
The NC Japan Center is honored to host the Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., the Honorable SUGIYAMA, Shinsuke, J. Ambassador Sugiyama will be speaking with our audience about COVID-19 and U.S.-Japan relations, and the Honorary Consul of Japan in North Carolina, Mr. David Robinson, shall be serving as our esteemed moderator for this event. The webinar will also feature real-time Japanese interpretation. This is a free event, and shall be hosted on Webex.

To register (and submit a question to Ambassador Sugiyama), please click on the following link:

We’re looking forward to seeing you all for the informative and enjoyable event.
























August 4: 6:30-7:30PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council
Coronavirus: Opportunity for a New Health Paradigm

Topic: Coronavirus: Opportunity for a New Health Paradigm

Description: The coronavirus pandemic has humbled humanity and shed light on the fragility of the world and the health systems built to deliver care. At the same time, rapid advances in technology and medical science have shown potential new paths forward to building a healthier future. With its rich health data and global leadership in technology, life sciences, and precision manufacturing, Japan has the capacity to play a leading role in designing a new health paradigm. What does the future of healthcare look like in Japan and the United States? What is the latest on the search for a coronavirus vaccine and what does that mean for our collective future? In this webinar, medical experts from both countries will share their perspectives on the opportunity for Japan and the United States to seize the teaching moments presented by coronavirus to help us shape a healthier future.

USJC needs your support more than ever. With a suggested donation of $25, we can continue to offer free and public webinars to discuss issues of mutual concern between the U.S. and Japan. Tax-deductible donations can be made at:


July 16: 3:30PM (EDT): Japan-America Society of Georgia
Visa Restrictions & New Immigration Guidance for Foreign Nationals in the U.S.








June 24, 7-8AM EDT: The Japan America Society of Southern California

Mindful Ways to Work From Home: A Blueprint for Your Space and Soul for Focus Amidst COVID-19

Do you work from home? Are you happy, healthy, and productive there? The New Normal of our work environment involves flexible workplaces including work-from-home. Companies like it for its agility and people love it for their work-life balance. Yet we still feel lost in navigating this new conjuncture of our personal and professional lives.

Through this webinar, two leaders in the fields of space and mind within the work environment present mindful ways to work from home. Yoko Kawai, PhD, Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, discusses the relationship between space and mind, and how you can design & adjust your home environment for a healthy and productive work-life. Julia Colangelo, DSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and founder of Sea Change Wellness, LLC, introduces the principles and techniques of Mindfulness and Flow to remain productive and cope with unique psychological challenges you face while working from home.


June 16, 11AM~ EDT: The Japan Society of Chicago
Japan’s Response to COVID-19

About the Event

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima will give a presentation on Japan’s response to COVID-19, from early signs, to a current update. What lessons were learned? This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

About the Speaker

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Tokyo. A native of California, Mr. Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.


June 12, 2-3PM EDT: The Japan Society of Northern California
Managing the COVID Crisis: How Japan is Beating COVID-19

This program will be in English.

As countries around the world manage the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, Japan has taken a unique approach that has so far kept fatalities to levels far below those of Europe and the US without mandating a lockdown of the society and the economy. Please join us on June 12 (Tokyo June 13) to hear former Japanese Consul General to San Francisco Tomochika Uyama, Director General at the Prime Minister’s Office for the Coronavirus Countermeasures, and Professor Hitoshi Oshitani from the Department of Virology at Tohoku University and member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on COVID-19, explain how Japan achieved this success. Their presentation will be based on the findings of a new experts’ committee report co-authored by Professor Oshitani that definitively examines Japan’s response to the virus to discover how the country was able to minimize fatalities and what could be done better.

The lessons Americans can learn from examples in other countries that so far have successfully managed the COVID-19 threat, such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, will be critically important as we enter the next phase of gradual opening up of society and the economy. Please join us for this very important program featuring former Consul General Uyama, who is such a good friend of the Bay Area.

日本はアメリカともヨーロッパとも違う新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を阻止する戦略を進めてきました。前サンフランシスコ総領事、そして、現在は内閣官房 新型コロナウイルス感染症対策本部事務局審議官 内閣審議官を務める宇山智哉氏に、日本のコロナ対策について語っていただきます。また、政府の対策チームでリーダーを務める、東北大学大学院の感染症対策のスペシャリスト、押谷仁教授に日本が進んだ瀬戸際の攻防ついての最新情報を解説していただきます。(英語プログラム:参加無料)


June 9, 6:30-7:30PM EDT: U.S. – Japan Council
Coronavirus and Education Inequality in the U.S. and Japan

Educational systems and institutions have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus epidemic around the world. Both the United States and Japan face challenges brought on by lack of critical technological infrastructure (the digital divide) and regional, socioeconomic disparities. The inability of young people to easily traverse borders to pursue their education has forced college and university leaders to make critical fiscal decisions and advocate for the merits of an on-campus experience.

Join the U.S.-Japan Council for a webinar dialogue on Tuesday, June 9 as a panel of experts from the U.S. and Japan explore the central issues of inequality facing educators and students. They will highlight key actions leaders at all levels can take to address these inequalities in order to reimagine models of educational success and achievement.

Speakers include Daniel Porterfield, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute, President Emeritus Franklin & Marshall College; Ryohei Nakagawa, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Global Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies; and William Tsutsui, President Emeritus, Hendrix College, as moderator.


June 9, 9-10:20AM EDT: JASWDC
The US Oil and Gas Market Challenge facing Japanese Business: COVID-19 X Factor

The fracking revolution that began a decade ago has drastically altered the geography and economics of global energy supplies. This revolution has led to a renaissance in oil and gas/LNG investment that few could have foreseen. The COVID-19 crisis has presented another severe—and unpredictable—disruption that has led to an unprecedented drop in the global oil and gas/LNG market. A drop this precipitous and sudden is unprecedented in the history of the energy industry worldwide. Join Japan-America Society of Washington DC for a moderated discussion with American and Japanese experts on energy business and governance.


June 4, 4-5PM EDT: JASDFW
How Technology Companies in the U.S. and Japan are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis


May 21, 1:30PM EDT: JASG:
Impact of Covid-19 on Economic Development (Zoom) 新型コロナウィルスの経済発展への影響

Companies and government agencies across the globe are working tirelessly to maintain its business operations while keeping their employees safe and healthy during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Japan-America Society of Georgia presents an Executive Dialogue Webinar featuring economic development experts who will discuss how Japanese companies and economic development organizations are coping with the pandemic.


5月19日:ジェトロ・アトランタ: 「新型コロナウイルス対策ウェビナー」開催のご案内:


<新型コロナウイルス対策ウェビナー ~事業再開にあたっての法的注意点とCOVID-19関連訴訟対策~ 概要>

■日時:2020年5月19日(火) 12:00pm~1:15pm (ET)
■講師:SGR法律事務所 小島 清顕 弁護士、猪子 晶代 弁護士


American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Webinars:
The ACCJ has a wonderful resource page for COVID-19 related webinars. Please refer to the following link:–videos.html


May 7, 11AM BST (6AM EDT): The Japan Society
International Responsibilities and the Pandemic with Mark Malloch-Brown and Mami Mizutori

Continuing our series of webinars, Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Lord Malloch-Brown, whose international roles have included Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN, and Foreign Office Minister for Africa & Asia in Gordon Brown’s cabinet, and Mami Mizutori, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Given that the pandemic is a truly global crisis, what has been notably missing so far has been concerted international co-operation to deal with its consequences whether for health or economies. As the virus spreads deeper into developing countries with fragile health and social welfare systems, this absence promises to grow in importance.

Our panellists for this session each bring a keen understanding of the dangers of failing to act decisively and of the strengths and weaknesses of international organisations in promoting decisive action.

As Mami Mizutori eloquently wrote in her letter to the FT (21 April) ‘One type of risk can transform into another, exposing and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. We see this with COVID-19: a biological hazard making clear the precarious systems upon which trade, food, energy, transportation and social safety nets rely.’

What is the likely disaster impact of Covid-19 across the world? What role can international institutions play in response? What can and should governments and companies in the UK and Japan do to support or promote that response?

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown PC KCMG served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.

Lord Malloch-Brown is currently Chairman of SGO. He is on the Boards of Investec and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He is Co-chair of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. He previously led FTI Consulting’s EMEA practice.

Mami Mizutori is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She assumed her role on 1 March 2018.

The role of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is to support countries and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). The Special Representative ensures the strategic and operational coherence between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development agendas as well as the linkage with the UN Secretary-General’s prevention agenda and with humanitarian action.

Mami Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in various capacities in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Japan Information & Cultural Centre at the Japanese Embassy, London, Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division, Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division, and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division.

Prior to joining the UN, she was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK, since 2011. She graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.


May 6, 7-8PM (EDT): JASG
Forecasting Five Ways COVID-19 Could Play Out

The Japan-America Society of Georgia presents an Executive Dialogue Webinar featuring industry leaders who will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 in Japan and the U.S. Join us for an enlightening look at Japan’s response to the current pandemic in comparison to what is happening globally from the eyes of two specialists in Tokyo.


April 30, 11AM BST (6AM EDT): The Japan Society
Covid-19: The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic with Tsutomu Ishiai and John Peet

For the fourth in our webinar series, Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Tsutomu Ishiai, Deputy Managing Editor, Asahi Shimbun and John Peet, Political and Brexit Editor, The Economist.

At the end of April, four months since reports began to reach us of a new coronavirus emerging in Wuhan, and with ‘normal’ life beginning to feel like a distant memory, commentators are focussing increasingly on the differing responses by national governments in handling the crisis.

How has management of the pandemic changed perceptions of the Johnson and Abe administrations? What are the impacts on domestic politics, the roles of opposition parties and government bureaucracies? In the UK, questions are being raised about the implementation of Brexit and in Japan, a spotlight is being shone on relations with its continental neighbours.

Our guests for this discussion are particularly well placed to provide insights and observations on the political situation in the UK and Japan.

Tsutomu Ishiai is Deputy Managing Editor, Asahi Shimbun. Prior to this he was London Bureau Chief and European Editor. He has previously worked as the paper’s foreign editor and Cairo Bureau Chief.

John Peet is The Economist‘s political and Brexit editor. Prior to this position, John was Europe editor covering European affairs. He was previously business affairs editor, responsible for the business, finance and economics and science & technology coverage of the paper. Prior to this, he was Brussels correspondent, executive editor, surveys editor, finance correspondent, Washington DC correspondent and Britain correspondent.

Before joining The Economist John was a civil servant, working for the Treasury and the Foreign Office from 1976 to 1986. He is the co-author of “Unhappy Union: How the Euro Crisis – and Europe – Can Be Fixed”, published by Profile Books May 2014.


April 28: (sourced from the JASNC)
“Same Disease, Different Approaches | How Japan and the US are Fighting COVID-19:”

This webinar, hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California on April 28th at 1:30PM EST (4:30PM PST), will bring together two medical doctors from Stanford to summarize the various approaches that have been taken in the US and in Japan and other East Asian countries, and the results from those approaches in combating the coronavirus. Also discussed will be topics such as what we can learn from each other, the prospects for containing the virus and opening the US economy back up. The speakers have significant expertise and will “demystify the complicated issues that COVID-19 raises.”


April 21: (sourced from the JASNC)
“Promoting Our Mission in the Age of COVID-19: U.S. Relations with Japan, Asia and the World:”

This webinar, hosted by the Japan Society on April 21st at 4PM, brings together the leaders of the Japan Society, Asia Society, and the World Affairs Councils of America, discussing experiences and what has been learned in responding to the impact of COVID-19 in their respective communities, and what they are hearing from other countries about the current situation, as well as their perspectives on implications for the future of U.S.-Japan relations, the U.S. presence in Asia, and U.S. global leadership.



薬学部卒業後、病院薬剤師になる。大親友と父親を薬の副作用で亡くし、薬が嫌いになり、転職。P&G 紙製品 研究開発部でウィスパーの開発とグローバル展開を担当。第2子出産後、電通に転職。営業職ながら、製薬会社のマーケティングと新製品開発を担当する。2012年、主人のアメリカ赴任に伴い、渡米。Goldsboro在住。主人と2人の息子と2匹の犬が家族。
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April 16: JASG/JASNC:
“Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis:”








This webinar, co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of North Carolina and the Japan-America Society of Georgia on Thursday, April 16th, was a very informative session. This webinar was recorded and will be available on the JASNC website, very soon. When it is uploaded, we will provide a link to it, here.


4月20日: (ジェトロ・EDPNC)
『新型コロナウイルス対策~法令等最新情報、州による支援措置、そして現場での活用方法~』(4/13 (月)11:30~1:00(米国東部時間))
For those of you who weren’t able to attend the webinar, the documents presented can be found, below (日本語). Please share them widely, as there is a lot of crucial information for Japanese businesses!