With the passage of Prime Minister Aso’s landmark free money law, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has published a rough guideline on how to get your hands on that sweet, sweet cash. Each local government will apparently provide details on how to receive funds, but please note the following:
- ANYONE with an alien registration card can receive the 12,000 yen.
- It looks like all foreigners have to apply in person (UPDATE: or by mail, depending on how your town does it), even if their wife/husband is the head of household.
This is your right by law, so be sure to line up and check with your local municipality’s website to get it!
The following is a rough translation of the official announcement, for your reference.
Payment of Cash Handouts
You will either be notified by your local authorities with specific details on how to receive the funds. [tr: Feel free to contact them yourself if you don’t see anything in the mail!]
Local municipalities are currently in the process of determining the specific preparations for handing out the payments.
Purpose of policy
To help deal with the residents’ uncertainty in this economic downturn, this policy’s objective is to support the residents’ livelihoods and to contribute to regional economic measures by providing payments widely to the residents.
Persons eligible for payments / who must apply
Those who meet the following conditions as of the reference date (February 1, 2009) are eligible to receive payment:
1) Persons registered on the official residency registry network (Juki Net)
2) Persons registered on the official alien registry (gaikokujin touroku genbo) (only illegal aliens and foreigners on short-term visas are exempt)
The applicant and recipient shall be the head of the household to which the eligible persons belong (foreigners must each apply and receive funds separately).
12,000 yen for each eligible person
(Persons 65 or older or 18 or younger as of the reference date will receive 20,000 yen each)