During this pandemic crisis “Covid-19”, many OFWs are experiencing difficulty in their current state. Aside from the regular work’s salary, opportunities to earn money is quite limited due to the quarantine. We may receive cash aid from our employers to add on our budget but may not be enough.
Fortunately, some governments around the world are providing support even to non-nationals. Such is the case of the Japan government distributing cash assistance.
Japan’s Government Distributes 100,000 Yen Cash Aid To OFWs
The government of Japan is offering its assistance in a form of financial aid to Foreign residents and workers. These foreign nationals are enlisted as of April 27, 2020 on Japan’s Basic Resident Register. Eligible registrants are given 100,000 yen (around PHP47,000) by the government as their response to help against the pandemic crisis “Covid-19”.
With the restrictions set out to encounter the coronavirus, the applications and receiving of cash are done online to avoid human contact and prevent the spread of this disease.
Reminders on How to Apply for Japan’s Cash Assistance
- An application form coming from a municipality is distributed to the Head of each household.
- The form must have the name, date of birth, home address, and bank account number.
- Applicant must have copies of bank account info and ID.
- If the applicant has a My Number Card, an Online application is allowed.
- If the applicant does not have an active bank account, the forms can be submitted at a nearby municipal office and will receive the cash at a later date.
- Each municipality holds the decision as to when they start receiving applications and when to disburse the cash aid. Applications will be accepted over a period of three months.
More information about the handout form is available on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications website: https://www.soumu.go.jp/menu_seisaku/gyoumukanri_sonota/covid-19/kyufukin.html