Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

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The Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Tax

Announcement on the current status of Japan's Social Security System and deliberations on the policies for the social security reform Cabinet Secretariat

What's new

April 7
  • Provisional Report of Monthly Labour Survey February 2020 (English)(Japanese)
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey January 2020 (English)(Japanese)
Mar 31
  • Employment referrals for general workers February 2020 (English)(Japanese)
Mar 19
  • Summary Report of Survey on Labour Economy Trend, Feb 2020 (Japanese)
Mar 15
  • Passengers and crew members who have disembarked the cruise ship quarantined docked at Yokohama (as of 14:00 on Mar. 15, 2020) (Japanese)
  • End of a follow-up study on people who have disembarked the cruise ship after a 14-day quarantine period (Japanese)
  • Two asymptomatic cases have been reported. (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 situation (as of 12:00 on Mar. 15, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 cases reported on Mar. 14, 2020 (Japanese)
Mar 14
  • COVID-19 situation (as of 12:00 on Mar. 14, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Two asymptomatic cases have been reported. (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 cases reported on Mar. 13, 2020 (Japanese)
Mar 13
  • The government has urged businesses to be flexible about a job hunting season and recruitment schedule for students graduating in March 2021 and to give special consideration to jobs they have unofficially offered to students who have graduates or will graduate in March 2020. (Japanese)
  • One asymptomatic case has been reported. (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 13, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about Hansen's disease (Japanese)
  • The announcement of successful applicants of the 22nd National Certified Psychiatric Social Worker Examination (Japanese)
  • The MHLW has set up a hotline for parents affected by school closures related to COVID-19. (Japanese)
  • Monthly Report on the Statistics of Production by Pharmaceutical Industry (December 2019) (Japanese)
  • Minister Kato will hold a news conference after a cabinet meeting. (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 patients (554-602nd cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
Mar 12
  • Cruise ship crew members on a heath follow-up period at government facilities ( as of 17:00 on Mar. 12, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 12, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • The Report of the Committee on the Risk Assessment of Chemical Substances in FY2019 is released. (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 patients (504-553rd cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
Mar 11
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 11, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 by the prefectural labor departments, labor standard offices and Hello Work job -placement offices (Japanese)
  • The 2nd unofficial announcement of the funds for securing comprehensive medical and long-term care in local communities (for medical care) in FY2019 (Japanese)
Mar 10
  • COVID-19 patients (458-503rd cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Additional special measures taken for Employment Adjustment Grants in response to the impact of COVID-19 on businesses (Japanese)
  • Set up a special loan system for people whose household income has fallen due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Japanese)
  • The MHLW is requesting consideration for business opportunities for freelancers and self-employed persons affected by COVID-19 . (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 10, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Monthly report of Statistics of Long-term Care Benefit Expeditures(Cases assessed on November 2019) (Japanese)
Mar 9
  • COVID-19 patients (439-457th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • 8 and 9th deaths from COVID-19 confirmed . (Japanese)
  • Opinions in the expert meeting to discuss measures to tackle COVID-19 outbreak (Japanese)
  • Minister Kato holds a news conference after a cabinet meeting. (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 6, 2020) (Japanese)
  • A new subsidy for employers to support employees affected by school closures related to COVID-19 (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • The MHLW starts accepting applications for special subsidy programs for small and medium-sized enterprises affected by COVID-19. (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
Mar 8
  • COVID-19 patients (409-438th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • 7th death from COVID-19 confirmed . (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 situation (as of 12:00 on Mar. 8, 2020) (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 patients (367-408th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
Mar 7
  • One passenger from the cruise ship docked at Yokohama port who had been infected with the COVID-19 has died. (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 situation (as of 12:00 on Mar. 7, 2020) (Japanese)
Mar 6
  • COVID-19 patients (314-366th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 6, 2020) (Japanese)
  • The MHLW is requesting efforts to secure employment of workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak from businesses. (Japanese)
  • Monthly Vital Statistics Report (preliminary data), Oct. 2019 (Japanese)
  • The unofficial announcement of the 3rd consultation to discuss the initial budget for subsidies for improvement of facilities including improvement of space for community long-term care and welfare in FY2019 and the unofficial announcement of consultation to discuss a supplementary budget for the subsidy (Japanese)
  • Publication of documents related to Japanese internees provided by the Russian and other governments (Posting of additionally identified persons, etc.) (Japanese)
  • Provisional Report of Monthly Labour Survey January 2020 (English)(Japanese)
Mar 5
  • COVID-19 patients (288-313rd cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Minister Kato holds a news conference after a cabinet meeting. (Japanese)
  • PCR test results in passengers and crew members of the cruise ship in quarantine docked at Yokohama port. (Japanese)
  • Cruise ship passengers and crew members on a heath follow-up period at government facilities ( as of 19:00 on Mar. 5th) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 5, 2020) (Japanese)
  • The 1st meeting to discuss how to use the information on health care and nursing care services (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,174th announcement) (Japanese)
Mar 4
  • COVID-19 patients (258-287th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • The town od Nakafurano and the city of Kitami prioritized for distribution of masks (Japanese)
  • One COVID-19 case has been reported (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 4, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Survey of Social Welfare Institutions 2018 (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 preparedness at facilities providing welfare service for persons with disabilities (Japanese)
  • Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (Annual Definitive Data in FY 2018) (Japanese)
  • Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (Preliminary data), Dec. 2019 (Japanese)
Mar 3
  • The MHLW has instructed mask manufacturers and importers to sell masks to the government in order to send them to Hokkaido (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 patients (242-257th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 3, 2020) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters(Japanese)
  • Special subsidy programs for small and medium-sized enterprises affected by COVID-19 (Japanese)
Mar 2
  • COVID-19 patients (233-241st cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Information for quarantine stations (COVID-19 infection) (Japanese)
  • Information for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and airline companies (COVID-19 infection) (Japanese)
  • Minister Kato holds a news conference after a cabinet meeting. (Japanese)
  • Information about Japanese nationals who have returned from Wuhan, the city at the center of a COVID-19 virus outbreak, on a government-chartered plane (Japanese)
  • Cruise ship crew members on a heath follow-up period at government facilities ( as of 19:00 on Mar. 2nd) (Japanese)
  • Briefing for reporters (Japanese)
  • Information about COVID-19 and the MHLW's response (Mar. 2, 2020) (Japanese)
  • The 4th expert meeting to discuss the identification of the attribution groups of remains of the war dead and identification methods (Japanese)
  • Status Report on Long-term Care Insurance (Provisional) (Dec. 2019) (Japanese)
Mar 1
  • COVID-19 patients (218-232nd cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • COVID-19 situation in Japan (as of 12:00 on Mar. 1, 2020) (Japanese)
  • 6th death from COVID-19 confirmed .(Japanese)
  • Minister Kato holds a news conference .(Japanese)
Feb 28
  • Employment referrals for general workers January 2020 (English)(Japanese)
Feb 21
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey 2019 (Japanese)
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey December 2019 (English)(Japanese)
Feb 15
  • A new corona virus patient (43rd case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (9th report) (Japanese)
  • A new corona virus patient (Tokyo) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • New corona virus patients (38,39 and 40th cases) are confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Disembarkation of the passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship (Japanese)
  • Feb 14
    • A new corona virus patient is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • A new corona virus patient is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • Test results of Japanese evacuees who returned from Wuhan on the 3rd chartered flight (Japanese)
    • Providing smartphones installed with an app to crews and passengers on the Diamond Princess (Japanese)
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 14th 2020) (Japanese)
    • The 6th unofficial notification of appropriation of Subsidies for Improvement of Day-Care Centers in FY2019 (Japanese)
    • Skills competition symposium "CHAMPIONS NIGHT" to be held (Japanese)
    • Special loan for hotels and restaurant operators whose business is affected by the new coronavirus (Japanese)
    • Decision on the winner of the 2nd Japan Open Innovation Prize (Japanese)
    • Monthly Report on the Statistics of Production by Pharmaceutical Industry (November 2019) (Japanese)
    • Call for enterprises willing to receive a bulk survey for the "Basic Survey on Wage Structure" (Announcement of the bulk survey) (Japanese)
    • Special measures taken for Employment Adjustment Grants in response to the impact of the new coronavirus on businesses (Japanese)
    Feb 13
  • A new corona virus patient (30th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • A new corona virus patient (29th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • A new corona virus patient (28th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • A new corona virus patient (27th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
  • Test results of Japanese evacuees who returned from Wuhan on the 2nd chartered flight (Japanese)
  • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 13th 2020) (Japanese)
  • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (8th report) (Japanese)
  • (Partial correction) results of the Survey on Children in Children's Nursing Home's (as of Feb. 1, 2018) (Japanese)
  • The Handover Ceremony of the Remains of Japanese Detainees in Iwo Jima (Japanese)
  • Assistance for passengers on the cruise ship under quarantine off Yokohama Port (Japanese)
  • World Health Organization's response to the novel coronavirus in ICD-10 (Japanese)
  • Feb 12
    • Information about people infected with the new corona virus (Japanese)
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 12th 2020) (Japanese)
    • Test results of Japanese evacuees who returned from Wuhan on the 1st chartered flight (Japanese)
    • Information about Hansen's disease (Japanese)
    • The 2nd meeting will be held to discuss how to improve images of work environment for childcare workers and their career. (Japanese)
    Feb 11
    • A new corona virus patient (25th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • A new corona virus patient (24th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    Feb 10
    • Hiring schedule for high school students who are expected to graduate in March 2021: submission of the recommendation letter from school and selection process (Japanese)
    • The Report of the Committee to Discuss Measures for Prevention of Health Impairment of Workers by Chemical Substances in FY2019 released (Japanese)
    • Announcement of designation of courses on professional practical education and training (to be designated on April 1, 2020) (Japanese)
    • Announcement of designation of general education courses and training (to be designated on April 1, 2020) (Japanese)
    • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (6th report) (Japanese)
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 10th 2020) (Japanese)
    Feb 9
    • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (5th report) (Japanese)
    Feb 8
    • Test results of Japanese evacuees who returned from Wuhan on the 4th chartered flight (Japanese)
    • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (4th report) (Japanese)
    Feb 7
    • Provisional Report of Monthly Labour Survey, 2019 (Japanese)
    • Provisional Report of Monthly Labour Survey December 2019 (English)(Japanese)
    • The unofficial announcement of subsidies for the improvement of facilities including medical care facilities (the project for the improvement of facilities including the fire sprinkler system at hospitals with less than 20 beds, etc.) in FY2019 (Japanese)
    • The 4th unofficial announcement of subsidies for the improvement of facilities including medical care facilities (the project for the improvement of facilities including the fire sprinkler system at hospitals with less than 20 beds, etc.) in FY2019 (Carry-over budget from FY2018) (Japanese)
    • The 19th Meeting on Work Style Similar to Employment be held (paperless) (Japanese)
    • Publication of documents related to Japanese internees provided by the Russian and other governments (Additionally identified persons, etc. are posted) (Japanese)
    • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (3rd report) (Japanese)
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 7th 2020) (Japanese)
    • Information about Japanese nationals who returned from Wuhan, the city at the center of a corona virus outbreak, on a government-chartered plane (Japanese)
    • Information on the recovery and memorial services for Japanese war dead (February 2020) (Japanese)
    • The third workshop on healthcare policies and the third meeting for regional healthcare planning advisors for FY 2019 to be held (Japanese)
    Feb 6
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 6th 2020) (Japanese)
    • The 1st meeting on Child Health and Development to be held (Japanese)
    • The MHLW will start offering a toll-free helpline for people seeking advice on the new corona virus on Feb. 7. (Japanese)
    • Review the discharge criteria for patients infected with the new corona virus (Japanese)
    Feb 5
    • Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (Preliminary data), Nov. 2019 (Japanese)
    • Information about passengers on a cruise ship anchored off Yokohama Port who have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Japanese)
    • The 2nd National Meeting of the Director-Generals of the Prefectural Labour Bureaus for fiscal 2019 (revised) (Japanese)
    • A new corona virus patient (21st case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • A new corona virus patient (20th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • Information about the new coronavirus and the MHLW's response (Feb. 5th 2020) (Japanese)
    • The 2nd National Meeting of the Director-Generals of the Prefectural Labour Bureaus for fiscal 2019 to be held (Japanese)
    • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,170th announcement) (Japanese)
    Feb 4
    • Monthly Vital Statistics Report (preliminary data), Sep. 2019 (Japanese)
    • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,169th announcement) (Japanese)
    • A patient diagnosed with pneumonia linked to a new coronavirus (19th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • A patient diagnosed with pneumonia linked to a new coronavirus (18th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • A patient diagnosed with pneumonia linked to a new coronavirus (17th case) is confirmed. (Japanese)
    • Pneumonia linked to a new coronavirus in Wuhan city, Hubei Province of the People's Republic of China (Feb. 4th 2020) (Japanese)
    Feb 3
    • Notice about new coronavirus infection (Japanese)
    • Release of the video 2019 Analysis of Labor Economy (Japanese)
    • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,168th announcement) (Japanese)
    Feb 1
    • A patient diagnosed with pneumonia linked to a new coronavirus (14,15th case) and two asymptomatic carriers are confirmed. (Japanese)