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Great. The kids can buy an onegiri and a randoseru.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Monthly so they can pay for juku

15 ( +17 / -2 )

Haha, Japanese money printer go BRRRRR

21 ( +26 / -5 )

In addition, the government and the country's ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party are planning to give 30,000 yen each in effect to holders of My Number national identification cards in an attempt to spur consumption in the pandemic-hit economy, the sources said. The measure is also aimed at promoting use of the unpopular ID card system.

A system where you need to buy user acceptance is a dead system...My Number was stillborn and the J-gov is still throwing money on that dead horse. Priorities, I guess...

Komeito, the junior ruling coalition partner of the LDP, has sought for the government to provide 100,000 yen for all children aged 18 or younger under the economic package.

Last year's 100,000 JPY were not enough for anything and would not get any household through to the end of the month. So, this year's version is: same amount of money for less people. Now, that makes sense... Let me guess, next year's version of that schtick will be: still same amount of money but for an even more limited amount of people...?

After 17 years in Japan, I'm still struggling to understand what Komeito is all about as a party and as far as their policies go...? Maybe it's all about sitting as close as possible to the top dog and, like, that's it...?

26 ( +29 / -3 )

Copying the US, each qualified child got 300 dollars a month, and 250 for a child over 5

10 ( +11 / -1 )

This government really knows how to push my buttons.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Well, it's till "just" considering.

And even if it happens ..... I agree with everything that has been said so far!

At least make it Yen 100.000 for every registered citizen, why leave out those with no children?

Even better add a monthly child support which is higher and runs longer than what we get now!

5 ( +10 / -5 )

All of my banks, overseas and Japanese, require that I report to them my My Number number.

My online pension account offers me to sign in using my My Number number, but when I try, it tells me my browser is not supported. It's Chrome, the world's most popular browser.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

Nothing like buying sympathetic support with the people's money. Hell, it's free! Take it! Spend, spend, spend! What a totally disgusting idea.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

More tax payer money wasted. If you can't afford to have kids then please don't have them and expect others to have to pay for their upbringing.

-15 ( +12 / -27 )

‘Give money’ - the Japanese political solution to everything.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

Nice, so that's another 160,000円 for us to add to the 300,000円 from Abe that's still sitting in my bank nicely tucked away until the borders are open and I can go overseas to spend. Save your money people, especially in uncertain times.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Monthly so they can pay for juku

And if they are very lucky they will end up as somebody's Kohai at dentsu working 10 hours per day ( depending on the boss leaving time) and earning 200万円 per year. Certainly worth sacrificing a fun childhood for.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Hate to be 19 .....many young people are hurting more that are just starting out in life

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Very nice of them to make the payouts to the lowest percentage of the population, who already receive many govt subsidies. They miss the university students who are not in this category and who are not in the labor force and can't receive unemployment benefits. As usual, these clowns are divorced from reality.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

It's not the children that the money should go to. It should be for every house hold which children are a part of.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

A one-off payment of ¥100,000 is not going to do much to compensate families for months of financial hardship due to pandemic closures and restrictions. It’s not even a month’s rent. In most cases I suspect it will be snapped up by city halls to pay back taxes.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

19 year olds are also children. They should get the cash handout also.

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Copying the US, each qualified child got 300 dollars a month, and 250 for a child over 5

in Canada, I believe each household gets something like 2000 canadian dollars a month...

A one-off payment of ¥100,000 is not going to do much to compensate families for months of financial hardship due to pandemic closures and restrictions. It’s not even a month’s rent. In most cases I suspect it will be snapped up by city halls to pay back taxes.

exactly!

as dbsaiya said it perfectly..

 As usual, these clowns are divorced from reality.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

are planning to give 30,000 yen each in effect to holders of My Number national identification cards 

In other words, paying people for them to get the card.

This adds to the cost of creating the card system in the first place. Make it mandatory.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Invest the sum in there education.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

So thank you for giving me my tax paying money. Now my kids can buy their Nintendo Switch they wanted for Christmas. And as for the 30,000 yen, wow, a lot of pocket money (sarcasm). Didn't the government learn from the Koizumi Administration that most people saved their money instead of spent it? I'm sure more of the same here.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Cool! Beer money.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

If you need to go to the tax office even if you don’t pay taxes but are requested to file anyway, you need the MyNumber number. That part works fine, but electronically signing your name if you have a middle name more than likely will glitch the system. This katakana name stuff has to go.

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Then I can turn around and use it to pay the city taxes and still come up short. Thumbs up

So, you are saying you are under 18 years old, and you owe the city office over 100,000 in back taxes?

Lol....yeah right! Oh right, going to take the money from your kid and use it for yourself. I wonder, do you take their New Year's money too?

Heck of a Dad!

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

We've got three kids, so 3x100 plus 5x30 equals 450,000. My income is down by just over half in 2021, and this will definitely help. Hopefully the pandemic and my drop in income are both temporary and this can be a one-off. With the mortgage, we'll spend 4.5 million a year, so this is like getting a VAT refund.

For those who don't know, child benefit in Japan is a similar level to the UK, but is not means tested like the UK does. In Japan, you only get it up to JHS, so we now get paid for two, which is 25,000 a month. In some rich countries, like Denmark and Germany, its double, 200 euros (26,000 yen) a month per child.

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Two quick points! First make the Y100,000 in shopping coupons or some other device that makes people spend it and help the economy. Last time when Abe handed out the same amount there is facts to show a majority of people just put it right into the bank doing nothing to help.

As for the my number card, to get the points, there is a hitch. When I signed up to get my actual card, they were offering Y5000 in points, but it was only while using Emoney like Pay Pay and I had to "charge my card" with Y10,000 to get Y2500. So it forced me to use the Emoney app to get the points. I think they will do the same with the Y30,000 yen this time.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Why give everyone ten times as much? It’s just money.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Stoked! Got two so glad to get a bit of money for the brats. Any little bit helps. I'm not complaining.

As for getting the card version of My #, I'll do it. Doesn't mean I'll actually use it. Getting 30,000 yen x4 to put the cards in a drawer is fine by me.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So basically they're trying to bribe people to get the My Number cards... government everywhere are doing this, in preparation for rolling out Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) everywhere, that's all this is about. I guess as long as they don't turn it into a vax passport, it's still better than what the evil countries in the West are doing, so silver lining I suppose...

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Japan trying to help families and young people. If you want to complain USA did it too.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Great idea. Put it in the bank of dividend stock and then use it to pay for the future rise in consumption tax from 10% to 12% or 15%! The government want to give you money to ease the pain of future consumption tax hikes rather than corporation tax hikes! They know the birth rate is declining so they will give it to the smallest demographic group. Don't forget the added inflation!

◔̯◔ ¯_(ツ)_/¯

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Invest the sum in there education.

Seems like you’re the one who needs money invested in your own education.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

May I take a moment to point out that it is our money that governments are handing out as a gift from them? It all comes from borrowing more, paid for by tax revenue. They will just increase your taxes fees to cover it. You will end up paying more for it than you received.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Japan is getting used to cash handouts; will Japan be the first nation to introduce a USB (universal basic income)?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

The ¥30,000 will be in points to stimulate spending, but the ¥100,000 will be cash. Should all be in points if they want to stimulate the economy, otherwise the money will be unspent by some who don’t really need it

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The My Number system will become social credit like China, that’s why they’re so desperate to get people to sign up

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Good job LDP. The money will help Japanese families. Well done LDP!

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

30,000 in point??? can't pay my taxes with points !! can I??

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Mr KiplingToday 07:02 am JST

More tax payer money wasted. If you can't afford to have kids then please don't have them and expect others to have to pay for their upbringing.

Then please don't get old and expect MY children to pay for YOUR pension!

6 ( +9 / -3 )

They are considering it ?

Wouldn't get too excited just yet.

Hasn't actually happened yet.

"If" all goes smoothly !

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Instead of bribing people to get this useless My Number card, the guvmint should try explaining what advantages it brings/why it’s necessary.

Everyone has already been issued a My Number number - why the extra push for the card?

It will make public services more convenient, they say; can’t say I’ve had that much problem with public services, or even that much need for them. Once in a blue moon, maybe.

It can be used as ID, or as a national insurance card, they say; people already have various forms of ID, and an insurance card. Don’t need another card to clog up the wallet.

We’ll pay you to get one, they say; if there’s no such thing as a free lunch, being paid to eat lunch should set off alarm bells.

They can’t explain why we should have it, but they desperately want us to have it. The more they try to persuade, the less inclined I am to get the darn card. Et dona ferentes ?

They could also try explaining why kids need cash injections while the general population, including those who have lost jobs, lost businesses or had their income cut, get nothing. Yes there was the million yen injection last year, which did little to help the eateries that were forced to close or reduce capacity.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

otherwise the money will be unspent by some who don’t really need it

Yep, that 200,000 yen will just go straight into stock investments, as I have no need for the cash

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

More tax payer money wasted. If you can't afford to have kids then please don't have them and expect others to have to pay for their upbringing.

Japan spends less on kids family support than any other " developed country ". Guess you prefer to see our tax money wasted on more useful things such as Abenomasks, bridges to nowhere, obsolete by delivery date weapons system and so on....and of course, pensions and medical care for seniors should be subsidised right? Bet you don't mind that , but heaven forbid parents should get 10 man yen for a kid. All those high flying single mum's should eat cake, ey?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Whatever tax money I pay comes back . But not enough

2 ( +2 / -0 )

My family lives in the US, but our kid has a Japanese passport.

Can we snag the ¥10,000?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

How about me? I need another 100,000 Yen please !

2 ( +3 / -1 )

@ cleo

Its because the mynumber card has a microchip in it

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Isn't it more accurate to say "Gov't considers ¥100,000 cash handout for parents with children aged 18 or younger"?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

So we dont know what to do now how about give away more taxpayers yen..good idea that will bring in the votes..

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Japan's government and ruling parties are considering providing 100,000 yen each for children aged 18 or younger in an attempt to ease the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Government provides bupkis, the tax payers do.

If government is feeling particularly magnanimous, cut taxes, and let the people decide how to spend (or save) their own money.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Why? I really mean why?

People chose to have children that is their problem.

My children are adults, still at home after graduation from university during the pandemic, over 18.

I paid everything, I am still paying but no one gave or is giving me ¥ 100,000 for having had children and still paying for them!

My brother in law chose not to have children so now his taxes go to pay someone else because they had kids!

No, stop this stuff, you want children then pay your own way.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Why not include low paid, part time and dispatch workers? Better that than printing more money..

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Make this monthly.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

cleoToday  10:44 am JST

Actually Cleo, no people don't actually have plenty of ID.

As a foreigner you have photo ID you must cary all the time.

But unless a Japanese person drives, or has a passport they have no other government issued ID.

You do not live in the big cities.

Neither of my children have a driver's license and don't see the need to get one as public transport is everything they need.

So at this point if they are asked to provide a photo ID they have 2 choices their Japanese passport or my number card, which one do you think is more practical to Cary with them?

We are now the 21th century, ID theft, fraud etc... Is a major problem so more secure and less forgeable ID is now required, I have all the needed tools and equipment to make a near perfect fake national healthcare card but I could never do an IC chip card.

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Marcelito....

Japan spends less on kids family support than any other " developed country ". Guess you prefer to see our tax money wasted on more useful things such as Abenomasks, bridges to nowhere, obsolete by delivery date weapons system and so on....and of course, pensions and medical care for seniors should be subsidised right? Bet you don't mind that , but heaven forbid parents should get 10 man yen for a kid. All those high flying single mum's should eat cake, ey?

I am glad Japan spends less of my money on other people's kids. I would prefer it was zero. This does't mean that I support the even bigger waste on defense, concreting the countryside and other pointless projects.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Legal age: 20. Give eighteen-year-olds money but not those who are nineteen. With otoshidama, this will be a nice little windfall for the younguns.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Better our kids than embezzling politicians.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Antiquesaving, you make a much better argument for the card than the government ever did.!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Do they get food stamp in Japan, in America ,people got thousand of dollars in food stipend on their EBT card, even Trump supporters Google USDA EBT

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This will have multiple benefits on families and the country as a whole.

It's a good way to make the younger generation feel included as well. Might motivate more young people to vote or participate in government positions as adults.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Sim people want to have kids and start a family but through medical reasons or other factors can’t! This is discrimination against them! Why don’t they just make the ¥100,000 across the board for all citizens and at the same time provide extra 300,000¥ for people who are desperately in need! Don’t give me the rational that if it’s across the board then people won’t use it and it will go into the saving because the same can be said about the plan to distribute it only to children!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Typo above … sim- some

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Sim people want to have kids and start a family but through medical reasons or other factors can’t! This is discrimination against them!

Yes, how dare they not give money to raise children, to people not raising children. Have you ever heard something so ridiculous?!?!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I am glad Japan spends less of my money on other people's kids. I would prefer it was zero.

Do you have kids? Were you a kid?

This does't mean that I support the even bigger waste on defense, concreting the countryside and other pointless projects.

This part of comment is reasonable.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Can't believe how stupid the Japanese Government is, They want to spur the economy and this is their answer..... Most of the Parents that get this money for their kids will just put it into a savings account for them to use many years later.

Government money (if they have funds to give away...) should go to single mothers, people who lost their jobs due to the Pandemic, part-time workers whose hours were cut People in the service, Travel industries etc.

They need to use funds to save the small business owners in the small tourist towns or the small business owners in the strip malls (商店街) throughout Japan.

If this ¥¥¥ were to be sent to my child, I know it will just go into his savings account for the future & won't make a difference.

The roll out for the My number cards was such a joke, and continues to be. Typical Japanese style....

just pick a deadline and get on with it, LIKE every other country in the world.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

For the people that are complaining about the money going to kids. Don't you get it, without more kids and supporting them now means when you get old there is someone supporting your pension. Trust me, those same kids you are griping about will be doing the same griping having to support your sagging butt.

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Alex Winter...

"More tax payer money wasted. If you can't afford to have kids then please don't have them and expect others to have to pay for their upbringing."

Then please don't get old and expect MY children to pay for YOUR pension!

Don't worry, I have taken care of my finances so YOUR children can keep THEIR money. I'm not in the Japanese pension, not that its worth having anyway.

It would be nice if others did the same.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I am glad Japan spends less of my money on other people's kids. I would prefer it was zero. This does't mean that I support the even bigger waste on defense, concreting the countryside and other pointless projects.

All take and no give. Must be a sad life. We are all in this together. Other people's kids are the ones you pay to do stuff for you such as doctors, nurses, police, clerks, etc. Hopefully you have time to repent before the Big Out.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I have to say I love this. Money where it should go, to the children. And spending points for the adults. This is honestly refreshing; I'm sure there are detractors of this plan, but I really think this is a great opportunity, and a real teaching moment for our young. I just hope us grown ups can take this opportunity, learn and teach from it, and use it to boost our economy.

I mean, quite frankly, children should save, and adults to spend in order to keep the economy going, not just shove 100,000 in the bank and never spend it, or just pay a bill. So really, what better way than this, it's awesome.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

That’s an amount you still can’t die but also still can’t live with.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Lame idea, since the kids won't be getting the handout.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If they want everyone to get the cards they should make them easier to get. I had to go to the city office and type in 3 passwords of which only 1 I will ever use. Most elderly people probably won't know how to use them at all. Just send the card and make the password part optional.

The card was useful in getting copies of some documents at the conbini but I still couldn't get the family register because as a gaijin I'm not on it! I had no idea bout the points and don't know anyone that does.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

My 9 year old is going to blow it all on gachapon, manga and snacks from the konbini.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I will invest it in something obscure for them and see how it goes.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How generous of the Government! But stop, where does this money come from, could it be Taxpayer’s money? It seams there are two Governments, a good one that generously throws money away and a bad one that collects money form the population and accumulates ridiculous high debt and those governments have nothing to do with each other. As least that seems to be the general public’s impression, considering the result of the recent election.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

where does this money come from, could it be Taxpayer’s money?

How dare the government give taxpayer money back to the taxpayers, right?! I mean, how ridiculous, right?!

 

...right?

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