Important Coronavirus Vocabulary in Japanese
Many of you guys have requested a “cheat sheet” in Japanese for how to talk about COVID-19 in Japan. This includes key vocabulary you need to know to understand news updates.
Below we will include a list of important Japanese Vocabulary related to COVID-19 as well as some example sentences that you might find common in news reports about the virus.
How to Track Infection Numbers in Japan
Each day the Tokyo Metropolitan government releases official numbers of infection cases at their official coronavirus tracking website –
https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en – English Version
https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/ – Japanese version
How to read the daily COVID-19 update:
Tonai no shingata korona-uirusu no kansen-sha wa, kinō kara sarani 160-nin fuete 2158-nin ni narimashita.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Tokyo increased by 160 from yesterday to 2158.
都内の新型コロナウィルスの感染者 – Number of infected persons with coronavirus inside tokyo – tonai no shingata korona uirus no kansensha
増えて – fuete (増える – fueru) – to increase.
Key Vocabulary for COVID-19 in Japan
List and Infographics
When discussing the coronavirus there are several words that you will see in many related news articles – and these words are also useful when speaking with your coworkers about the virus.
Declaration of State of Emergency
Kinkyū jitai sengen
Within metro (tokyo)
Kurasutā (kansen shita shūdan)
Pandemikku (sekai-teki dairyūkō)
Rate / Percentage
To raise, lift, boost