Beware of Food Poisoning


2021/08/25 Wednesday Announcements, Health

There are many cases of bacterial food poisoning during hot and humid summer.  To prevent the outbreak of food poisoning, pay particular attention to the following and be very careful.

  1. Purchase of food
  • When buying perishable foods such as meat, fish and vegetables, always buy fresh products
  • When shopping, take the frozen, refrigerated or temperature-sensitive foods last. After shopping, return home as quickly as possible.
  1. Storage and food preparation

< So as to not get contaminated with bacteria>

  • Wash hands thoroughly after handling raw products.
  • Place fish and meat in a plastic bag or other container and store them in the refrigerator without the meat juice coming into contact with other foods.
  • Use different utensils for each food when cooking meat, fish and vegetables.
  • Prevent meat juice from coming into contact with salads, fruits and other foods that will be eaten raw.

< So as to not increase the growth of bacteria>

  • Store food that needs to be frozen or refrigerated as soon as you return from shopping.
  • Do not overfill the refrigerator and freezer, and try to use up to 70% of it’s capacity.
  1. When cooking food

<To kill bacteria>

  • When heating food, make sure the heat was distributed well.

*Reheating food well can kill intoxicating bacteria.  It is recommended to heat the center to 75°C for more than 1 minute.  Do not eat raw or rare meats.  Cook the meat well, and wash utensils that handled raw food.

  1. Handling food after cooking

<So as to not increase the growth of bacteria>>

  • Do not leave food at room temperature for a long time

*Escherichia coli (0157) doubles in quantity in 15 to 20 minutes even at room temperature.  Especially in summer, be careful not to carry lunch boxes or leave them outside.

  • To prevent bacterial growth, store hot dishes at over 65°C, and cold dishes at less than 10°C.


Mie-ken Iryo Hoken-bu Shokuhin Anzen-ka (三重県 医療保健部 食品安全課)

TEL: 059-224-2343 (in Japanese only)

Priority Measures for the Prevention of Spread of Infection in Mie Prefecture (August 20 to September 12, 2021)

2021/08/25 Wednesday Announcements, Health


Since August, the number of newly infected people has increased rapidly, and the numbers are still increasing.  In order to secure the medical care provision system and protect lives, the “Priority Measures for the Prevention of Spread of Infection”  (Man’en Boshi-to Juten Sochi – まん延防止等重点措置), will be implemented to Mie Prefecture from August 20th.  To protect your life and health, please do the following until September 12th.

1 – To all the residents

  1. Avoid leaving your house (except when necessary).
  2. Do not go out of the prefecture (except when necessary).
  3. If you are feeling unwell, avoid contact with other people, use a separate room from your family members indoors and wear a face mask. Make an appointment with a nearby hospital as soon as possible.
  4. Avoid going to restaurants after 8pm.
  5. Avoid eating with many people for long periods even outdoors.
  6. Use the “Go To Eat” meal ticket for take-out and delivery..
  7. When eating and drinking with people you don’t normally meet, wear a face mask during conversations.

2 – To all businesses

  1. Close your restaurant at 8pm.
  2. Do not use karaoke systems in restaurants.
  3. Take the necessary preventive measures as there are many people entering and leaving the restaurant.
  4. Shorten the operating hours of sports centers, theaters, leisure facilities and stores with more than 1,000m² in area, close at 8:00 pm.
  5. Reduce the number of employees inside offices by 70% by promoting work-from-home.
  6. Explain preventive measures to employees in offices.
  7. Prioritize the use of the “Anshin Mieria”, Mie’s hospitality and safety facility certification system, to intensify preventive measures in restaurants and tourist facilities.

3 – The government asks all businessmen in regions where the measures will be stricter (Kuwana, Inabe, Kisozaki, Toin, Yokkaichi, Komono, Asahi, Kawagoe, Suzuka, Kameyama, Tsu, Matsusaka, Taki, Meiwa, Odai, Nabari, Iga) to follow mainly items number 8 to number 13.

  1. Do not provide alcoholic beverages in restaurants

*If items 8, 9, 10 and 15 are not followed without providing a plausible reason, the government may issue orders or punishment.

Consultation desks

  • If you are having difficulties due to the coronavirus:

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

Service languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese

  • If you are having difficulties with vaccine reservations:

Call the Mie’s Coronavirus Vaccine Consultation Line for Foreigners (TEL: 080-3123-9173).

Service languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese

  • If you have questions about the side effects of the vaccine:

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

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