Japanese governmental subsidy for parents during school closures.

Japanese governmental subsidy for parents during school closures.

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Financial aid due to school closures program overview.

The program, backed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, aims to support parents who had to take leave from work to take care of their children as most schools nationwide have been temporarily closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The handout will not be paid directly to the parents, instead it will be granted to employers of parents of children in afterschool children''s programs, kindergartens, day care centers and certified early childhood education centers.

Employed person.

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1.Amount of the subsidy: up to 8,300 yen per day. The subsidy will be provided to the company where the parents had to take leave of absence to take care of their children in elementary schools, kindergartens, daycare centers etc., 2.Who can apply? the parent''s EMPLOYER will be responsible for submitting applications to the authorities.

Self-employed person or freelancer.

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1.Amount of the subsidy: 4,100 yen per day. 2.Who can apply? the applicant must meet the following criteria: ・The applicant must be a parent/legal guardian or relatives of the children. ・The applicant’s children must be those who were forced to stay at home as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and/or who have been or suspected to contract the coronavirus. ・The applicant worked as a self-employed person or a freelancer before the school closure. ・The number of working days/hours of the applicant were reduced less than the expected working days/hours.

Application documents and deadline? (for both above two cases).

1.Application period: March 18 to Jun 30, 2020. 2.Employers and self-employed/freelancer applicants can download the application form from the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HERE (Japanese only).

Where to submit the application?

学校等休業助成金・支援金相談コールセンター 1. Tel: 0120-60-3999 2. Business hours::9:00 - 21:00(Saturday, Sunday and holidays included) 3. Address: ・For applicants residing in Kanto region: 9F Shinmakicho building, 1-8-17 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0028 (〒103-0028 東京都中央区八重洲1-8-17 新槇町ビル9F) ・For applicants residing in Hokuriku, Chubu, Kyushu, Okinawa etc.,: 1F Daiichi building, 2-7-23 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0042 (〒135-0042 東京都江東区木場2-7-23第一びる1F) Source: Mainichi, NHK and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

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