A comprehensive list of financial aid for foreign nationals in Japan amid COVID-19.

| Posted May 20, 2020 | Career Advice & Insight

Subsidy for every resident.

・Each person who have legal registration record in Japan as of April 27, 2020 are eligible for a 100,000 yen (approximately $900) . The money will be wired directly to the person’s bank account. ・Detail of the cash handout program can be found HERE

Temporary allowance for Parents and Temporary Child Allowance.


1. Temporary allowance for Parents. ・The program aims to support parents who had to take leave from work to take care of their children amid the coronavirus pandemic. The handout will be granted to employers of parents of children if the parents work for companies and will be granted directly to the parents if they are self-employer or freelancers. ・Employed parents: the amount of the subsidy is up to 8,300 yen per day. ・Self-employed or freelancer: the amount of the subsidy is up to 4,100 yen per day. Detail of the cash handout program can be found HERE 2. Temporary Child Allowance. ・Parents who already receive child allowance before the pandemic are eligible for a temporary 100,000 yen (approximately $900) benefit for each child.

Subsidy for higher education students.

・Support students whose household income has reduced rapidly or students who are facing trouble paying tuition fee and other expenses by providing tuition fee exemption or scholarship loans. ・For foreign students (permanent resident visa holders, spouse of Japanese nationals or spouse of permanent resident visa holders included): the subsidy will be provided via a special scholarship system.

Rent allowance and Flexible policies for tenants living in public housings (UR).

1. Rent allowance for tenants nationwide. ・Housing Security Benefit program provides financial assistance for people whose income has rapidly reduced, resulting in difficulty in paying rent and possibility of losing their house. ・The subsidy will be paid directly to the landlords by municipalities, from 3 months to possibly 9 months. Detail of the cash handout program can be found HERE 2.Flexible policies specially for tenants living in public housings (UR). ・Business owners are requested to provide a more flexible policy to their tenants to reduce their economic burden such as postponement of rent payment, rent reduction or exemption of guarantors for potential tenants.

Other financial assistance packages.


1. Zero-interest temporary loan: the Social Welfare Councils provides a welfare fund loan system to lend necessary funds, up to 200,000 yen (approximately $1,800) for living and other expenses to low-income households and non-low-income households. ・Repayment deadline: within 2 years. 2. Exemption of national pension: exemption of national pension premiums for those who are insured by the national pension system and whose income have been affected by the coronavirus. 3. Request for postponement of payment of utilities, phone and NHK bills: people who face difficulties in paying utility bills (electricity, water and gas), phone bills or NHK subscriptions can request for the postponement of payment. In addition, NHK has set up consultation service as a measure to alleviate the economic burden of its subscribers Source: Source:Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

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