Let’s use the ambulance properly


2022/03/16 Wednesday Announcements, Health, Security

In Mie prefecture, 81,021 people were taken to the hospital by ambulance in 2020.  Of these, 51.6%, 41,820, were mildly ill patients with low urgency.  Make good use of ambulances so that those who really need them can get emergency medical care.

< See some of the reasons the ambulance were called.  Did everyone really need an ambulance?>

  • Itching caused by mosquito bite
  • Skin pain from sunburn after going to the beach
  • Cut on the finger by paper, but the bleeding already stopped
  • There’s no more prescribed medicine left from the hospital
  • Patients expected to be hospitalized wanted to go to the hospital by ambulance
  • Patients who did not want to wait in line at the hospital and asked for an ambulance

If you experience any condition or symptom with extreme urgency, do not hesitate to call 119 (in principle, the service will be in Japanese only).

From the link below, you can see how to call an ambulance, symptoms that require an ambulance (adults and children), about heat stroke, and pointers when calling an ambulance.

Look at these link below and use the information as needed.

 Guide to Ambulance Services (from the homepage of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency – Shobocho), in English

 Guide to Ambulance Services – Kyukyusha Riyo Guide (from the homepage of Fire and Disaster Management Agency – Shobocho), in Japanese.

Mie Prefecture’s “Reinfection Prevention Priority Period” (March 7, 2022 to March 21, 2022)

2022/03/16 Wednesday Announcements, Health, Security


Although infection prevention measures in Mie Prefecture have ended, it is still necessary to be careful and take appropriate measures.  Mie Prefecture announced the “Reinfection Prevention Priority Period ” (Saikakudai Soshi Juten Kikan – 再拡大阻止重点期間), in Japanese only, between March 7 and 21, 2022, and asks for everyone’s cooperation.

March is a month with plenty of activities that gathers a lot of people due to graduations, transfer from the workplace, etc.  There is also an increase in dining out in groups due to events such as farewell parties (soubetsu-kai).  This type of event increases the risk of infection.  In mid-January, many people became infected with the virus after attending New Year’s parties and coming-of-age ceremonies..

To prevent the virus from returning, the government asks everyone to take the necessary preventive measures, such as having meals with few people for a short period and always wear a facemask.

Taking the third dose of the vaccine is an effective method of lowering the risk of infection.  For more details, see the information “You can make a reservation for the third dose of the vaccine even without having the vaccination ticket”.


To all the residents of Mie Prefecture

  • When eating, wear your facemask during meal breaks or after eating and avoid talking to other people.
  • When having meals with a group, limit the number of people per table to up to 4 people.
  • Finish meals within 2 hours
  • Go to establishments accredited by “Anshin Mieria”, Mie’s hospitality and safety facility certification system.
  • If you meet the conditions to receive a third dose of the vaccine, try to get vaccinated
  • If you experience any changes in your physical condition, avoid going out and take measures such as wearing a facemask at home or spending time in a separate room.

Consultation desks

  • If you are having problems due to the coronavirus:

Call MieCo, Consultation Center for Foreign Residents in Mie (TEL: 080-3300-8077).

Support Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese

  • If you are having difficulties with making a reservation for the vaccine:

Call Mie’s “Coronavirus Vaccine Consultation Line for Foreigners”.

Support Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese

  • If you have questions about vaccine side effects:

Call the “Coronavirus Vaccine Side Effects Call Center” (TEL: 059-224-3326).

Support languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.