Japan agency to help vaccinate foreigners

NHK has learned that Japan's Immigration Services Agency will help speed up vaccinations among foreign nationals who are unable to make appointments for the coronavirus vaccine.

Experts say the pace of inoculations for foreigners is slow as many cannot make appointments due to language barriers or have not yet received vaccination vouchers from municipalities.

Starting in mid-October, the Foreign Residents Support Center in Tokyo will help people make appointments for inoculations at hospitals in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The center offers assistance in 18 languages.

For those who are not registered as residents, the agency will inform local municipalities of their addresses so that vouchers can be issued.

Agency officials say they hope to promote the vaccine rollout among foreigners left behind as well as provide support for municipalities in need.