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Record 96,000 households receive gov't support for rent amid pandemic

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A record 96,000 households in Japan have received rent support from the government due to falling incomes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, welfare ministry data showed Thursday.

About 109,000 applications for rent support were submitted between April and August, of which around 96,000, or 88 percent, were approved, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The number of approvals in the five months was already 2.6 times the fiscal 2010 total of 37,151, in the wake of the global financial crisis triggered by the 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

The program originally targeted displaced workers, but the government relaxed conditions in April to cover people whose incomes had fallen due to lost working hours amid the pandemic.

To qualify for rent support, an applicant must have lost a job within the previous two years or incurred a decline in income for unavoidable reasons, have lower income and savings than benchmarks, and be seeking employment.

The income and savings benchmarks vary by region and number of household members. A single-member household in central Tokyo would qualify if monthly income is no higher than 138,000 yen and savings are not in excess of 504,000 yen.

Up to 53,700 yen per month can be provided to a single-member household in central Tokyo for three months, with a possible extension to nine months.

Monthly breakdowns show 44,811 applications were filed in May and the government decided in June to provide benefits to a record 34,869 households, apparently due to business closures following the imposition of a state of emergency over the pandemic between April and May.

The number of applications fell to 14,023 in July and 9,379 in August but remained at high levels.

Since households can receive rent support for up to nine months, those who began to receive such aid in the spring will run out of support in the winter, possibly leading to increased homelessness in cold weather, a support group said, calling on the government to extend the period of provision to at least one year.

The government has also been urged to ease the benchmarks and other conditions so that more people can qualify for rent support.

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The income and savings benchmarks vary by region and number of household members. A single-member household in central Tokyo would qualify if monthly income is no higher than 138,000 yen and savings are not in excess of 504,000 yen.

Up to 53,700 yen per month can be provided to a single-member household in central Tokyo for three months, with a possible extension to nine months.

Reading this I can kind of understand why the suicide rate is so high. Social support is incredibly stingy. 3 months and then what?

8 ( +14 / -6 )

extremely stingy yes ...woeful

7 ( +11 / -4 )

I can confirm that I wasn't one of those 96000

0 ( +5 / -5 )

A record 96,000 households

I think 1 in 6 children in Osaka don’t have lunch food.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

This is what happens when you don't take any measures in a pandemic and gamble on herd immunity and vaccine.

Look at Singapore for what should have been done. They had very high numbers and people had to stay home for couple of months, but now they are down to 3 cases today and the economic suffering is largely over .

If you do nothing you are in this endless limbo where people simply won't behave anywhere close to the way they behaved before, slowly, but surely ruining the economy.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

53,700 per month for a single-member household would still be a big help if your rent is 80,000 yen a month

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Of all the support things that are covered on this site, they always come very late. The Go To Eat campaign started today at noon. Not a single article covered it. Its great information for English readers that live in Japan. Everything is now sold out and the next one is on the 27th of this month. Great way to get discounts at restaurants in Japan.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Who really has the money to go and buy overpriced food?

I can buy bowl of seafood on rice in Osaka for around 400 yen.Noodles with wakame, an egg, and a shrimp or two for 390 yen and sit down to eat it too for....390 yen!

I don’t need to spend money I do not have on frugality...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Singapore: population 5.7 million. Japan: 127 million. Not a valid comparison.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The support is really massive and In keeping with the status of the 3rd largest economy in the world.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Unfair, how about foreign workers ???.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I feel sorry for all in need.

Some people are happy with Go To Travel or Eat, and I would want to try it too. Although I keep thinking if in the time like this isn't it better to save that money for the future.

Many people are struggling and I would prefer the government to actually think how in a long run deal with this crisis by creating jobs.

Don't give them the fish, give them the rod so they can catch it by themselves.

Crisis didn't begin yet, stay safe, help each other. Cheers

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I can confirm that I wasn't one of those 96000

I think I speak for everyone when I say; "Thank God. At least anonymous internet poster Freddy Freeway is out of the woods"

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The government of Japan is already doing a lot more then the majority of countries.

-Giving out stimulus to all individuals including foreign residents.

-Travel cost for vacation paid, not everything but a majority of it.

-Vaccines working on it, all residents including foreign will receive it.

-Paid rent for those in need.

-Help businesses including small business operators.

Should the government do more? Yes

Should you appreciate the steps already taken? Yes

A lot of crying and complaining and not enough appreciation is what I see.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Life is what you make it! It is what it is! Life goes on until its gone!!! Live with it!! No complaints here. The complaints that I would have I can't solve so why worry about them. I only what I can control what I can't control I let the so call expert worry about it. I'm just here living. It is what it is!!!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Communism’s will save the day

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

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