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[English] Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

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Information about COVID-19 in Kumamoto

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649 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on May 12.

(294 in Kumamoto city, 355 in the prefecture)


732 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on May 11.

(369 in Kumamoto city, 372 in the prefecture)


The 541st cluster (onset: May 12)

A cluster was confirmed at a junior high school in Nishiki town. 16 people have been confirmed to be infected.


The 540th cluster (onset: May 11)

A cluster was confirmed at a medical institution in Aso city. 9 people have been confirmed to be infected.


The 539th cluster (onset: May 11)

A cluster was confirmed at Yatsushiro Technical High School. 6 people have been confirmed to be infected.


The total number of infections confirmed in Kumamoto prefecture as of May 12 is 88,105.


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Important Informatio


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【Opening of the Large-Scale Vaccination Center】

Kumamoto prefecture will soon open a “large-scale vaccination center” for residents who wish to receive the booster shot (3rd dose) of the coronavirus vaccine.
 
●Period of Availability
May 9, 2022 (Monday) to May 22, 2022 (Saturday is the final day)

Monday to Friday from 6 AM to 9 PM (People will be admitted until 8:30 PM)
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 12 PM to 6 PM (People will be admitted until 5:30 PM)

●Location
Grandmesse Kumamoto (Mashiki-gun, Mashiki town, Fukudomi 1010)

●Eligible Persons
People who possess a vaccination voucher, are 18 years of age or older on the day of the vaccination, and 6 months or more has passed since the second dose was administered. 

● Available Vaccine
Takeda/Moderna vaccine

● For Inquiries
Large-scale vaccination call center
Telephone number: 096-213-1100
Reservations can be made from 9 AM to 6 PM

※ If you are making a reservation as an individual (not an organization), please make an appointment using the link below.
https://jump.mrso.jp/kumamoto/ (Large-scale vaccination center website)

Consultation Center Information

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please do not leave your home and phone Consultation Center for COVID-19

 

Implementation of free PCR Tests (until May 8)

The following institutions in the Prefecture will conduct free PCR tests if both the conditions in 1 and 2 are satisfied.

1.You are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to health reasons.
2.You do not have a fever or a cough, 

These institutions can provide you a “proof of negative result” for dining establishments, attending events, travel, etc. 

If you have any questions regarding the participating organizations, please do not hesitate to contact the Support Center for Foreign Residents. 

Multilingual COVID-19 vaccine Call Center

092-687-5144(8:30-17:30)

 

This call center is available for anyone wishing to ask for more information about the vaccine. This includes queries about its safety, how they are being stored, and what side effects to expect after receiving the vaccine.

The call center is free to call, however you will be charged your regular phone connection fees.

If you have questions about your vaccine appointment or location please contact your local municipality directly.



Information for Businesses

 

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

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.

Subsidy Coverage
・Self-employed persons: between 300,000~500,000 yen
・Small and medium sized enterprises: between 600,000~2,500,000 yen
The amount of money provided via the subsidy will be determined by sales and losses incurred. So, the amount given will differ between businesses/individuals. 

Required documents
・Final income tax return from 2018, 2019, 2020
・Register of sales from November 2021 to March 2022
・Bank book
・Small and medium sized enterprises: Certificate of complete historical records (documents that can confirm the business’ registered information: Regional Legal Affairs Burau)
・Self-employed persons: personal identification documents

Application can be done online. (Registration must be done in advance)


People Who Have Been Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Information about the temporary special subsidy for households exempt from income tax. 

As part of the effort to assist those who have been affected by COVID-19, qualifying households are eligible to receive a 100,000 yen subsidy (one per household). Please note, you must apply to receive the subsidy. 

The application period is different between municipalities so please confirm with your local city hall when you can apply. 

Eligible persons are people listed under A and B(※1) or A and C(※1). 

A.Persons who have been registered in their local city’s registry until December 12, 2021. 
B.Tax exempt households (determined by factors including but not limited to: income below the municipality’s established standard, dependents, etc.)
C.Households whose income has been negatively affected from January 2021 due to COVID-19.

(※1) The local city hall will send a 確認書 “confirmation” to the eligible persons. You will be required to complete the required fields (bank transfer contact information, bank account information, etc.) and submit the completed 確認書.

(※2) Eligible persons will need to apply using the申請書 “application form”. For more information and details on how to apply for the application form, please consult your local city hall.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the numbers below.
→ Japanese: Please consult your local city’s hall consultation window.
→ Multilingual: 080-4275-4489 (Kumamoto Support Center for Foreign Residents)
 

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

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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