Fukushima opens free COVID consultation for foreigners via Line app

The prefectural government of Fukushima launched a free multilingual coronavirus consultation service Monday for foreign residents, becoming the first prefecture in Japan to offer such a service via the Line messaging app, it said. The move is in response to the need of foreign trainees under Japan’s technical internship program and international students who have smartphones but cannot afford a mobile carrier service, according to the local government in northeastern Japan. People seeking advice can reach the 24/7 helpline, available in 19 languages including English, Chinese and Spanish, by …

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