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[English] Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

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Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please do not leave your home and phone Consultation Center for COVID-19
092-687-7962(Available 24/7)


>>Information about the spread of COVID-19 and what do to if you have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID.別ウィンドウで開きます


Information for Businesses

Information regarding the recommencement of the subsidy for small and medium sized enterprises and self-employed persons (Finished)

Small and medium sized enterprises as well as self-employed persons whose sales were impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for a subsidy from the national government.

People Who Have Been Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are enrolled in the National Health Insurance program, contact COVID-19, and you incur a loss in salary due to COVID, you will receive an allowance from the National Health Insurance.

To be eligible, you must satisfy the conditions below.
You are enrolled in your municipality’s National Health Insurance
You are a paid employee
You were infected with COVID-19 (tested positive for COVID) or you suspect you are infected (you received a negative test result but you have a fever and a cough), cannot go to work, and did not receive pay during that time.

Qualifying period: January 1, 2020~ (please note, the qualifying period may differ between municipalities) 

To apply, please visit your municipality’s home page and download the application form (4 pages). Please complete the application and include a copy of your National Health Insurance card and a copy of your bankbook’s bank information page. Submit the application and all the aforementioned items together to your city hall’s National Health Insurance consultation window. 

If you have any question or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the numbers below. 

→ Japanese: Please contact your local city hall’s National Health Insurance consultation window.
→ Multilingual: 080-4275-4489 (Kumamoto Support Center for Foreign Residents)


Loans for assistance with living difficulties (“Seikatsu Fukushi Shikin Kashitsuke Seido”) 

People whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic may be eligible to receive a loan.
You must apply directly to your municipality’s welfare council.

Please enquire for more information.
※ For those who have used the loan system and exempt from the resident tax, will not have to repay the loan amount. 

 

Unemployment Insurance (“Shitsugyou Hoken/Koyou Hoken”)

People who have become unemployed due to the pandemic may be eligible to receive 50 – 80% of 3 months’ salary.
It is necessary to have a year or more of employment insurance (You must have been employed for a year or more)

The application must be filed with Hello Work.

 

Housing Security Benefit (“Jyuukyo Kakuho Kyuufukin”)

You can receive an amount equivalent to 3 months of rent payments. 

Please apply at the municipality in which you reside.
PDF Information about the Housing Security Benefit 別ウィンドウで開きます(PDF:65.8KB)

Information for Single Parents

Regarding the cash handout for households with children 18 years of age or younger

Children between the ages of 0-18 (children who were born from April 2, 2003, and March 31, 2022) will each be given one 100,000 yen handout. This subsidy is a part of the country’s decision to address the economic impact from COVID-19.

  • The first payment of 50,000 will be distributed during mid-December
  • Family’s whose annual income is above 9.6 million will not qualify for the subsidy
  • The distribution of the handout as well as the means to apply for the handout will depend on the municipality you live in. Please check your local area’s homepage for more information.

Information for Study Abroad Students

Emergency Support for Students:”Gakusei Shien Kyufu-kin” 学生緊急支援給付金

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) will provide support to students at Japanese language schools, special schools, university and those doing short-term university courses at the recommendation of the institution in which the student is enrolled. 

For more information, please ask your place of education.

Living Information

Postponement of water charges

Due to the effects the pandemic has had on many people, those who are facing difficulties paying their water bills may request to postpone payment or to pay in installments.
Please contact your municipality’s Water and Sewage Bureau. 
 

Postponement of Residence Tax

People whose salaries have decreased due to the Covid-19 pandemic may apply to have their tax payments postponed.
Please contact your municipality’s tax department for more information

National Announcements (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Immigration Bureau of Japan)

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熊本県外国人サポートセンター

〒862-8570 熊本市中央区水前寺6丁目18番1号 県庁本館7階
Tel:080-4275-4489

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Kumamoto Support Center For Foreign Residents
熊本県外国人サポートセンター

〒862-8570 熊本市中央区水前寺6丁目18番1号 県庁本館7階
Tel:080-4275-4489