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[English] Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

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State of Emergency Declaration (January 8)

The National Government has announced a State of Emergency for Tokyo and 3 surrounding prefectures, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. This will be in place for 31 days, until February 7th.
People are requested not to travel between Kumamoto and Prefectures in which there are a high number of confirmed cases. 
School entrance exams will be held as planned, even in prefectures which are covered by the State of Emergency.


Kumamoto’s COVID-19 Risk Level has been raised to Level 5 (as of January 15).

  •  558 new cases were confirmed in the prefecture between Jan. 7 and Jan. 13. 179 of these cases have unknown infection routes/ The Risk Level for Kumamoto will remain at Level 5.

  • People who are travelling outside the prefecture, or meeting friends they have not seen in a long time should download the Contact-Tracing app, “COCOA別ウィンドウで開きます(External link)”, which was released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
  • Regarding the revision to the Risk Level system:

    The system which previously included 5 risk levels (Level 0 – 4) has been revised to now cover 6 risk levels. The following is a list of the levels and the criteria for when each level will be announced.

     

    Level 5:   More than 150 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed over a one week period

    Level 4:  More than 50 new cases, and/or 25 cases with unknown infection routes are confirmed over a one week period

    Level 3:   More than 30 new cases, more than 15 cases with unknown infection routes and/or a number of small infection clusters have been confirmed over a one week period

    Level 2:   Cases continue to be identified but the criteria for Level 3 are not reached.

    Level 1:   There have been no confirmed cases in Kumamoto Prefecture recently.

    Level 0:   There have been no confirmed cases in Japan. People will be asked to continue following the “New Lifestyle” guidelines

 The number of confirmed infections in Kumamoto

Consultation Center

Kumamoto Prefecture Consultation Center for COVID-19

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please do not leave your home and phone Consultation Center for COVID-19
  • Advise those who are unsure whether they are experiencing symptoms
  • Provide information about COVID-19
  • Connect you to a public health center which can arrange for you to visit a medical center (outpatient clinic) to receive a test for COVID-19
092-687-7962(Available 24/7)

Kumamoto Prefecture Consultation Center for COVID-19 (Call Center)
096-300-5909(Available 24/7)

 

List of available financial supports(June.1)

About adapting to a “New Normal” (2020.May 4)

10 important guidelines for achieving an 80% reduction in person-to-person contact別ウィンドウで開きます
Both general businesses and businesses which serve food must implement infection prevention measures outlined in a checklist issued別ウィンドウで開きます by the prefecture before they will be allowed to re-open.

For Employers

Newupdate

Restaurants and bars have been requested to shorten their business hours to prevent the further spread of COVID-19

Businesses which serve food and drink have been asked to close their premises by 8pm each night and not to re-open until 5am the following morning until February 8.
Establishments should stop serving alcohol by 7pm.

Businesses which comply with these requests are eligible to receive a subsidy to compensate them for the loss of business.

About the subsidy (information as of January 15)
The subsidy will be distributed in 3 stages, dependent on different criteria.

Stage 1: Businesses which complied with the request from Dec. 30, 2020 – Jan. 12, 2021 
  • This stage concerns businesses in Kumamoto City Center which serve alcoholic beverages and/or offer entertainment.
  • Each store will receive ¥520,000
  • The application period for Stage 1 payments is from Jan. 12 – Feb. 26

Stage 2: Businesses which complied with the request to shorten their hours from Jan. 12 – 18
  • This stage concerns businesses in Kumamoto City Center which serve alcoholic beverages and/or offer entertainment.
  • Each store will receive ¥240,000
  • The application period for Stage 2 payments is from Jan. 18 – Feb. 26

Stage 3: Businesses which complied with the request to shorten business hours from Jan. 18 – Feb. 8 
  • This stage concerns all businesses in Kumamoto Prefecture which serve alcoholic beverages (Snack bars, Kyabakura bars, Izakaya, Yakiniku stores etc.)
  • Each store will receive ¥840,000
  • The application period for Stage 3 payments is from Feb. 8 – Mar. 12

Please contact the Support Center for Foreign Residents with any queries about the application process. 


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Sustainable Benefits scheme (持続化給付金 “Jizokuka kyufu-kin” )

Businesses affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic will receive financial benefits.
These benefits extend to individuals or businesses which receive income from ventures such as agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, food & drink establishments (restaurants, snack bars), and retail businesses, as well as actors and authors. Online applications for these benefits opened on May 1. 

Small and medium businesses can receive ¥2million, while sole proprietors can receive benefits of ¥1million.

“Kumamoto Prefecture COVID-19 Response Fund”

Consultations have opened regarding the receipt of unsecured, guarantee exempt, deferred principal loans for up to 5 years, with 3 years interest free. 
These loans are limited to ¥3million
Where to Consult: Your financial institution (Bank or Credit Union), or the Chamber of Commerce

Financial Support for Rent Payments  (July 14) 「家賃 支援 給付金(やちん しえん きゅうふきん)」

The “Yachin Shien Kyufukin” is a financial subsidy for businesses whose sales have decreased due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Eligible Persons:
Businesses (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Non-Profit Organizations, Social Welfare Offices etc.) 
Businesses with a sole proprietor (Including Freelance work)

Subsidy Amount:
The amount received will be calculated based on your rent for one month. 
Businesses can receive up to a maximum of ¥6 million.
Businesses with a sole proprietor can receive up to a maximum of ¥3 million.

Application Period: July 14 2020 – February 15 2021
Applications should be submitted online別ウィンドウで開きます(External link)

For Workers

Welfare Loan System [生活福祉資金貸付制度 Seikatsu fukushi shikin kashitsuke seido ]

Each household can receive a one-time stipend of 100,000yen

For applications and consultations please contact your municipal Social Welfare Council (10:00 – 16:00)

Unemployment Insurance [失業保険 Shitsugyou hoken ]

The benefits you can receive vary depending on your salary and your number of years of service. However, you can apply to receive between 50-80% of your wage for 3 months, if you experience job loss during this time.

  

Housing Security Benefits [居住確保給付金 kyojyu Kakuho kyufukin ]

It is possible to receive a loan to pay your rent for 3 months

Please Contact your local town/city hall for more details

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For Single Parents

Subsidy for single-parent households (Dec. 18)

This is a financial subsidy for single-parent households which are facing financial difficulties. 
Those who meet the eligibility criteria and who reside in Kumamoto Prefecture can receive this subsidy. 

Eligible households will receive 50,000yen, plus an additional 30,000yen for each child after the second child.
 (E.g. If a household has 3 children they will receive an additional 30,000yen. An additional 60,000yen will be awarded to households with 4 children.)

Eligible persons are those who received the first single-parent household subsidy which was distributed in summer, and who meet one of the following 3 criteria.
  1. Households which received the child-rearing allowance (“Jidofuyo Teate”) for the month of June 2020.
  2. Households which do not receive the child-rearing allowance (“Jidofuyo Teate”) but in which the parent  receives a public pension
  3. A single-parent who has been affected by the spread of COVID-19 and who earns the same amount as those who are eligible for child-rearing allowance (“Jidofuyo Teate”) 
How to Apply:
  • Households which have already received the first subsidy do not need to apply again. 
Eligible households will receive an information leaflet from their municipality. 
It is expected that the subsidy will be paid by December 25th.

  • Households which did not receive the first subsidy in summer may still be eligible.
In this case, it is necessary to submit an application.

For more information and/or assistance with the application process please contact the Support Center for 

For Student

”Gakusei Shien Kyufu-kin” Student Support Benefits 学生緊急支援給付金

Financial support is available for students who are facing financial difficulties with continuing their studies due to a decrease in income from part-time work.

Eligible students:Students of public and private universities (including graduate schools), junior colleges, technical schools, specialized schools (E.g. Exchange students attending a Japanese language school) who are reliant on the income from part-time work to pay their tuition fees
Grant amount:Students from a household which is exempt from Residence Tax* - ¥200,000  
      Other students - ¥100,000
*Disabled persons, minors, widows and widowers who receive whose total income for the previous year was less than ¥1.25million and who receive welfare payments

For more information, please consult with your educational institution.

Lifestyle Information

 Deferring payment of water and sewage charges

Due to the spread of COVID-19, municipalities have been ask to allow people to defer payments of their water and sewage bills if they become unable to pay. 
Please contact the Water and Sewage Department in your area for more details 

Prefectural Tax Exemption for those who face financial difficulties due to COVID-19

This tax exemption is applicable to:
・People whose families have been infected with COVID-19, or who have been infected themselves
・Facilities where furnishings and other items had to be discarded by a disinfection team, following a confirmed case of COVID-19 
・Businesses which were forced to close or have gone out of business
・Businesses whose income has decreased

Please contact the Tax Collection Division in your area for more details.

Information from  the immigration Bureau

Regarding medium to long-term residents who are facing difficulties returning to their home countries at the end of their Period of Stay (Information as of May 21)

You may apply to change to a 6-month “Designated Activities” visa
Students who have graduate since January 1 2020 may acquire part-time work
Former technical trainees should speak to their supervisory organization about their options

Application for an Extension to your Period of Stay (information as of May 12)

Regarding applications for a change to Status of Residence or extension of Period of Stay別ウィンドウで開きます(ExternalLink)
The application period for visa changes has been extended until 3 months after the original expiration of Period of Stay. 

●In the case that you have already applied for the (above) extension and have a Residence Card
The period in which the results of your application will be released (and you will receive your new Residence Card) has been extended by 3 months 

●Status of Residence: It is possible to renew your Period of Stay if you face difficulties returning to your country due to working as an EPA Nurse or care worker, provided that the job category does not change and you continue to be employed at the same institution or facility as you have been up until now. 

Employment support for Technical Interns who are having difficulties continuing their practical training (Updated: April 20)

Many technical interns are facing unemployment due to the spread of COVID-19 or having difficulties continuing their practical training during this time. Many skilled foreign workers also must find new employment. Once you have decided on a job, you can be employed on a “Designated Activities” visa for up to one year. 

If you would like to continue working in Japan, please contact the Immigration Bureau or the Organization for Technical Intern Training (OTIT) for more information. 


Fukuoka Immigration Bureau 092-717-5420

Foreign Resident General Information Center   0570-013904(Open weekdays 08:30-17:15)


OTIT Call Center 03-3453-8000(Open weekdays 09:00-17:00)

Call Center for foreign visitors to Japan

Call Center for foreign visitors to Japan

A 24-hour hotline to provide information about COVID-19 to travelers and to deal with any emergency issues.

Consultation Available in English, Korean and Chinese

Japan Visitor Hotline別ウィンドウで開きます(External link)  050-3816-2787(24hours)

Safety tips

The disaster information app for foreign travelers in Japan, “Safety tips” has expanded its language support to include 14 languages
New supported languages: Khmer, Burmese and Mongolian
Other supported languages: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog and Nepalese

The app is free to use

The app notifies the user of the following:
Earthquake early warnings, tsunami warnings, severe weather warnings, volcanic eruptions, heat advisories, issues of national security (such as missile launches), and evacuation advisories

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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