How to apply for Special Cash Benefit in Japan

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How much benefit?

The benefit will be 100,000 yen per person. If you live with your wife and two children, then total of 400,000 yen will be funded.

Are foreigners eligible for the benefit?

Foreigners registered with Basic Resident Registration System as of April 27, 2020, are eligible. Please note that foreigners on short stays or illegal residents are not registered with Basic Resident Registration System and are not eligible.

When we can apply?

The start date for accepting applications will be decided by each municipality, and the application forms will be sent as soon as possible. Please apply within three months of the date of the start of applications.

How we can apply?

The municipalities will send an application form by mail with your name and date of birth printed. In order to prevent spread of COVID-19 infection, please apply by mail.

Postal Application details

Fill in the form with relevant information such as the account number for the transfer, and send it along with necessary documents to your municipality.The payment will be transferred to the bank account for each household. If you do not have a bank account, please take the necessary documents to the counter at your municipal office. The benefit will be paid at the counter.

Are there any documents to prepare other than the application form?

(1) Identity verification documents Copy of your My Number Card, driver’s license, or health insurance card etc.

(2) Documents to verify the payment transfer account Copy of a bankbook, cash card or printed screen of an online banking service which shows the name of financial institution, account number and the name of account holder (These documents are not required if the account is held by the recipient and used for direct debit payments of water and other utility bills.)

Enquiries (Special Fixed-sum Cash Benefit Program Call Center)

0120-260020(Toll-free call, lines open on weekdays and weekends from May 2, 09:00 to 18:30)
03-5638-5855 (lines open on weekdays until May 1, 09:00 to 18:30)