Applications for Pupils' Clubs / Beware of Norovirus

Minato Voice

Minato City is accepting 2021 applications for Hokago Pupils' Clubs and Pupils’ Clubs at Children's Halls etc, for elementary school children whose parents/guardians are unable to care for them after school due to work commitments etc.

Those eligible for Pupils’ Clubs at Children’s Halls etc. are children who live in Minato City or are enrolled in a Minato municipal elementary school, and are newly entering first to sixth grades. 

Those eligible for Hokago Pupils’ Clubs are children who are enrolled in a relevant school or live in a relevant school catchment area and are newly entering first to sixth grades.

Application forms are available at each Pupils’ Club, the General Administration Section at Regional City Offices, and the Child and Family Section. 

To apply, please submit your application to the relevant Children's Hall between Thursday 14th January and Saturday 6th February, excluding Sundays and national holidays. 

For further details, please see the Minato City website.

The subsection in charge at Minato City Hall is the Children and Youth Education Subsection of the Child and Family Section.


Infectious diseases and food poisoning caused by norovirus are prevalent in winter.

You can get Norovirus through eating undercooked bivalve shellfish, or through person to person transmission, which can happen when an infected person's feces or vomit comes into contact with your mouth.

Once infected, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and fever will appear around 24-48 hours after infection.

Norovirus only multiplies within the human body, so it is important not to let it into your body.

Preventative measures you can take in your daily life are as follows.

1)    When eating bivalve shellfish, cook them through to the center. Wash and sterilize any cooking utensils used. 

2)    Wash your hands thoroughly.

Norovirus stops being infectious when heated or when it comes into contact with chlorine bleach. 

Disinfecting with chlorine bleach is highly effective. However, please take proper care when using it. 

The subsection in charge at Minato Public Health Center is the Food Safety Promotion Subsection of the Life Hygiene Section.


(Audio) 4th/7th January 2021 ON AIR : Applications for Pupils' Clubs / Beware of Norovirus