Interviews with foreign nationals in Tokyo about the COVID-19 situation (Apr. 2020)

Aired: Apr. 23, 2020

This segment features real voices from foreign nationals living in Tokyo amidst the spread of COVID-19 in the city. What safety measures and actions do people think are needed to cope with the situation? Program host Maxwell Powers will catch the solutions called for in Japan.

Program host Maxwell Powers interviewing foreign nationals living in Tokyo
An empty street in Tokyo shortly after the state of emergency declaration by the government
Maxwell Powers speaking to some of his friends online
The Three C's to avoid for preventing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Viewers’ Voice

Watching this segment addressing the challenge was very illuminating. I was surprised to see interviews from all over the world. It was good to hear from normal people, and what they thought of the situation. Seeing so many public spaces known for their hustle and bustle empty and deserted is something that really shows the severity of the situation. I truly hope it ends soon.

From Kenya

This segment featured a good mix of interviewees who were able to articulately present their opinions and observations on what is happening in Japan at the moment. Although the footage was filmed a few weeks before the time of viewing and things in Japan have since become more serious, I felt that many of the important discussion points were considered. It was also interesting to get the perspective for what is happening in other countries such as Vietnam and Germany, and how this contrasts to Japan and where I live in Australia.

From Australia

I like that the program host Maxwell Powers was given the opportunity to speak from his own perspective, and I appreciate the program's overall earnesty in admitting that there is still much we don't yet know. The honesty somehow engendered in me a sense of unity and comfort, reminding me that we truly are all navigating this together.

From the US

More Information

The AMDA International Medical Information Center provides multi-language assistance for foreign nationals living in Japan, such as language interpretation during consultation at the hospital. For more details on the Center’s activities and assistance, please visit their official website and Facebook page:


AMDA International Medical Information Center Facebook


From April 10, 2020, the Center has started providing multi-language telephone consultation service concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hotline 1

Consultation service is available for the following languages as below:

Mondays: English, Korean, Filipino
Tuesdays: English, Chinese, Thai
Wednesdays: English
Thursdays: English, Chinese, Spanish
Fridays: English, Portuguese
※Consultation in Vietnamese is available every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.

Consultation times:
Weekdays: From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm

The Center has also set up a Facebook page to provide multi-language information related to coronavirus:

AMDA International Medical Information Center COVID-19 Multi-language Facebook Page

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