Coronavirus Financial Aid Programs In Japan
If you are struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus outbreak, here is a summary of the programs that you may be eligible to apply for:
100,000 Yen Handout
The government announced a 100,000 yen handout scheme for all citizens and foreign residents, and payouts began as of May 2020. Foreign residents who are registered with Basic Resident Registration System as of April 27, 2020, would be eligible to apply.
You can apply by Post or Online. The amount is paid to head of the household that includes beneficiaries.
Having Trouble At Work?
In case your company closes as a preventative measure against Covid-19 before, during or after state of emergency, you are still entitle to receive your salary in full or approximately 60% of your salary as article 26 of Japan’s Labor Standards Law requires.
The Labour Lawyers Association of Japan (LLAJ) website Q&A provides legal and practical advice on labor and employment issues related to Covid-19. The website is available in 8 languages.
For more information about foreigner working in companies, visit the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.
The Labour Standards Supervision Office is where you can consult about:
Consultation is available in 14 languages.
Subsidies For Freelancers And Small & Medium-sized Companies
This subsidy program offers up to 1 million yen for sole proprietors including freelancers, and up to 2 million yen for small- and medium-sized companies which their earnings has dropped due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is a benefit from government and you don’t have to pay it back.
You are eligible if your sales/income has decreased any month this year compared to the same month last year. The Application Window is from May 1st, 2020 to Jan. 15th, 2021.
For those who have difficulties applying online "application support centers" are available. For more information and to make a reservation visit Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
For information about acceptance of requests for subsidy program for sustaining businesses in English visit METI Website.
Temporary Loan Emergency Funds
The Social Welfare Councils of all prefectures are providing a welfare fund loan system to lend necessary funds for living and other expenses to households having difficulties as a result of temporary stoppage of work or unemployment. This is a loan and must be paid back.
Emergency Small Amount Fund
Mainly for households that are facing temporary stoppage of work. They can receive up to 200,000 yen.
General Support Funds
Mainly for households who are suffering because of reduced income or have become unemployed.
For more information click on PDF files below:
Housing Security Benefit
Starting April 20th, as a measure for supporting those who are finding it difficult to pay the rent for their current housing due to income decrease resulting from business shutdown, etc., government pays the rent to their landlords, through local municipalities, for three (or up to nine) months.
The fund is only available for rent assistance not housing loans. The eligibility will be determined based on assessment of household and savings. This does not have to be paid back.
Please visit the Self-Reliance Support Centers in your area to apply for the Housing Security Benefit.
For more information click on the PDF files below:
Postponement Of Payment Of Water And Sewerage Charges
National government offices, MHLW, MLIT, MAFF, and MOE have requested local utilities to provide those who face difficulty in paying their bills due to the economic impact of COVID-19 temporarily with grace period or other generosities.
For further information on the available services and the following procedure, please contact the local utility office.
» » Information accurate as of September 16 2020 - This information may change in the future.