Coronavirus financial assistance programs in 2022

The Japanese government is offering financial assistance to people who are losing income due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some application deadlines have been extended.

Links to support lists in several languages ​​can be found at the end of this article. Here are some key elements.

Cost of living loans

Local social welfare councils provide loans to people who have difficulty covering the cost of living due to the loss of work due to COVID-19. Loans must be repaid.

Emergency Fund

(The application period has been extended until the end of August 2022.)

These are short-term loans to cover urgent living expenses, especially for people whose work has been suspended. If the reduction in income is due to COVID-19, people may be eligible, even if they do not have official “temporary suspension” status. The loans are up to 200,000 yen and are interest-free, but must be repaid within 2 years.

For questions, call 0120-46-1999 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Japanese only) or call the social welfare council in your community.

General financial support

(The application period has been extended until the end of August 2022.)

Long-term loans are available for households that have experienced job loss or a sharp drop in income. These are interest-free loans of up to 150,000 yen per month for people living alone, or 200,000 yen per month for households with two or more people. As a rule, they are available for 3 months and must be repaid within 10 years.

For questions, call 0120-46-1999 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Japanese only) or call the social welfare council in your community.

Aid for self-sufficient support for people in need due to COVID-19

(The application period has been extended until the end of August 2022.)

People who do not qualify for any of the above programs may still be eligible for something called self-help assistance. As a rule, this package is available for up to 3 months to applicants who meet certain criteria regarding their income, financial resources and job search status. See the lists below for a complete overview of the criteria.

Single-member households can receive up to 60,000 yen a month. Those with two people can receive payments of up to 80,000 yen a month. And three or more households can get up to 100,000 yen a month.

To inquire, call 0120-46-1999 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Japanese only) or call your municipal office.

Rental assistance

(The application period has been extended until the end of August 2022.)

People who have lost their jobs or seen a drop in income due to the pandemic can apply for a grant to help pay rent. There is no need to return this money. Grants cover 3 months of rent, but may be extended for a maximum of 9 months if there is evidence that the applicant has made a serious effort to find a new job. Those who previously received a grant may now be eligible for a further 3 months of assistance.

The municipal administration pays the rent directly to the landlords. Eligibility is based on an assessment of household income and savings. The scheme does not cover mortgage payments.

For consultations, call 0120-23-5572 (Japanese only) on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm or call one of the following locations: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000614516.pdf

Subsidies for parents or guardians

(The application period has been extended until the end of June 2022.)

Parents or guardians who are forced to quit their care due to the closure of a primary school may claim benefits. Subsidies are provided to business owners who have used their paid full-time or part-time leave in excess of the annual paid leave.

Subsidies are also provided to individual contract workers or self-employed workers.

For questions call 0120-60-3999 on weekdays between 9 am and 9 pm (Japanese only)

Lists of support measures in several languages

Please note that not all of these links contain up-to-date information. Contact your municipal offices for the latest details.

Japanese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000622924.pdf

English

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000743778.pdf

Light Japanese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000682444.pdf

Simplified Chinese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000743779.pdf

Traditional Chinese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000743780.pdf

Korean

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679384.pdf

Portuguese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679385.pdf

Spanish

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679386.pdf

Tagalog

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679387.pdf

Thai

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679388.pdf

Vietnamese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679389.pdf

Hindi

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679391.pdf

Indonesian

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679395.pdf

Khmer

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679397.pdf

Mongolian

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679400.pdf

Burmese

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000679401.pdf

This article was published on May 17, 2022.

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