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Japan to offer up to 200,000 yen to students in distress

  • May 19, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 2:44 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government adopted plans on Tuesday to provide up to 200,000 yen each to university and other students who are financially struggling due chiefly to the loss of part-time jobs amid the coronavirus epidemic.


The government will spend some 53 billion yen from reserves set aside under its fiscal 2020 first supplementary budget to finance the initiative, which will cover some 430,000 students.


Eligible for the program are graduate and undergraduate students at universities, students at junior, technical and vocational colleges and foreign students studying at Japanese language schools.


They are expected to receive the financial aid from the Japan Student Services Organization through the educational institutions.


Eligible students from low-income households exempted from resident tax will receive 200,000 yen per person, and other eligible students will get 100,000 yen each.


Education minister Koichi Hagiuda told a news conference that universities will seek applicants who meet certain conditions presented by the government and recommend them to JASSO.


“We’ll provide support to students while sharing responsibilities with schools,” he said.


The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, have proposed a cash handout program for underprivileged students amid the virus crisis. A bill has also been proposed mainly by the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan to provide cash handouts and waive tuition.


Public and private universities have also requested the government to give financial support to grant-type economic aid and tuition waiver for students.



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