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    Posted by arudou debito on December 21st, 2008

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    Hi Blog.  Good news.  After dallying with thoughts of excluding NJ taxpayers, then allowing only those NJ with Permanent Residency and Japanese spouses, the GOJ has just announced that all registered NJ will get the 12,000 yen-plus economic stimulus bribe.  Seasons Greetings.  

    This is probably the first time NJ have ever been treated equally positively with citizens (save for, perhaps, access to Hello Work unemployment agency) with a voter stimulus package.  See, it pays to complain.  Articles courtesy of Wes and Sendaiben.  Debito in Sapporo

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    Gov’t to extend cash handouts to 2 mil registered foreign residents
    Kyodo News Sunday 21st December, 07:00 AM JST

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-to-extend-cash-handouts-to-2-mil-registered-foreign-residents

    TOKYO — The government said Saturday it has decided to recognize 2 million foreigners registered as residents with local governments as of next Feb 1 as eligible for cash benefits it will hand out next year as a fiscal measure to spur private consumption.

    The government will recognize foreigners registered as residents on the foreign registry as of Feb 1, 2009 as qualified recipients of the cash handout under the 2 trillion yen program, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

    Among the 2 million recipients are permanent foreign residents, such as North and South Korean residents in Japan, as well as foreign workers of Japanese ancestry who have residential permits as migrant workers, the ministry said.

    Foreigners studying at Japanese schools as well as foreigners accepted as trainees by Japanese companies are also recognized as qualified recipients.

    Foreign tourists, foreigners overstaying their visas and other illegal aliens will not be recognized as legitimate recipients, the ministry said.

    The administration of Prime Minister Taro Aso approved on Saturday a second supplementary budget that includes the handouts as its main pillar.

    The ministry said Feb 1 is the set date for deciding on eligibility for the handouts for both Japanese citizens and registered foreigners. The number of recipients, including foreigners, will total 129 million.

    Japanese citizens and foreigners will basically be given 12,000 yen per person, but an extra 8,000 yen will be given to recipients up to and including 18 years old as of the standard date, as well as to recipients 65 years old or older.

    Local government officials will check on such recipients’ ages when the cash handouts are disbursed. This means that those receiving additional payouts must be young people born on Feb 2, 1990, or later and elderly people born on Feb 2, 1944, or before.

    Feb 2 became the defining date because Japanese law adds one more year to a person’s legal age at midnight on the day before he or she is born, the ministry said.

    Consequently, people whose 65th birthday falls on next Feb 2 are counted among qualified recipients of the cash.

    The older qualified recipients will total 28 million, while young recipients up to and including 18 years old will number 22 million persons.

    But babies who will be born exactly on next Feb 2 or after will not be recognized as qualified recipients, because the government is designating Feb 1 as the defining date for eligibility, it said.

    The cash will be handed out through the offices of the local governments at which Japanese citizens or foreigners are registered as residents.

    The payments assume that the second extra budget and other relevant bills will pass the Diet. They also assume that local assemblies will pass budgetary bills to cover expenses for administering the payments.

    It is not yet known, therefore, whether the government will be able to hand out the cash benefits prior to next March 31 because deliberations on these bills may drag on.

    ENDS

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    定額給付金:支給基準日は来年2月1日 総務省

    毎日新聞 2008年12月20日 18時39分(最終更新 12月21日 1時53分)

    http://mainichi.jp/select/seiji/news/20081221k0000m010020000c.html

     総務省は20日、定額給付金の支給基準日を来年2月1日にすると発表した。市区町村は2月1日時点の住民基本台帳を支給の基礎とする。基準日は来年1月1日か2月1日のいずれかで調整していたが、引っ越したにもかかわらず転居を市区町村に届けていない場合などを想定し、混乱を避けるには一定の期間が必要と判断した。

     定額給付金は1人1万2000円で、65歳以上の高齢者と18歳以下の子供に対しては8000円加算される。

     2月1日が基準日になったことにより、2月1日までに生まれた子供は支給対象になるが、2日以降では受け取れない。出生届の提出は2日以降であっても、受け取りに問題は生じない。支給をめぐっては、基準日に死亡するケースなども考えられるが、詳細な扱いはさらに検討する。

     加算に関しては、年齢計算に関する法律などの関係から「65歳以上」には1944(昭和19)年2月2日以前生まれの人が該当し、「18歳以下」は90年2月2日以降に生まれた人が対象になる。

     また外国人は、観光などの短期滞在や不法滞在者を除き、原則全員(約2000万人)が支給対象になる。永住外国人や日本人の配偶者に加え、就労や留学目的で滞在する在留資格を持つ外国人なども受け取れる。外国人登録原票に基づき支給され、世帯主ではなくそれぞれが申請することになる。

     政府は08年度第2次補正予算案として、給付金関係として事務経費825億円を含む総額2兆395億円を計上した。【石川貴教】

     ■基準日にかかわるポイント

     ▽支給窓口は来年2月1日現在で住民登録している市区町村

     ▽支給対象に含まれるのは来年2月1日生まれまで

     ▽8000円加算の対象は(1)1944年2月2日以前生まれの高齢者(65歳以上)(2)90年2月2日以降生まれの子供(18歳未満)

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    8 Responses to “All registered NJ will in fact now get the 12,000 “economic stimulus” bribe”

    1. Mark in Yayoi Says:

      Never thought these words would pass my lips, but:

      HOORRAY FOR THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT!

      It looks like this “stimulus” is now even more inclusive than that of the US, where, regardless of nationality, you must have taxable income exceeding the value of the stimulus. Here they’re handing money even to people who don’t work.

      Not sure how I feel about that, but I’d much rather have taxpayer money go to a few non-payers than to see a group of honest taxpayers get stiffed. And I still think they could saved themselves a massive amount of administrational expenses by simply attaching the money to people’s tax returns or pension payments. But these are small quibbles. I’m ecstatic to see the government giving equal treatment to all participants in Japan’s economy.

    2. Level3 Says:

      Perfect response to this useless bribe?

      I’ll just add it into my periodic bundle of yen to be sent it out of Japan and back to my US savings account, with the current exchange rates, it’s perfect timing anyway.

      I bet the main reason to cave in and give it to foreigners is to “prove” that it isn’t a bribe to the voters, because non-citizens can’t vote, right? Thus it’s obviously only an economic stimulus, and not a bribe. You’re even silly to suggest such a thing.

      But seriously, I’m not rich, not even middle class, and even I think this is a piddling amount. What kind of economy-stimulating goods can you buy with 12,000 yen? How about cutting the sales tax instead?

    3. TJJ Says:

      OK, time for me to eat humble pie.

      I came out in an earlier thread stating that gaijin would not be getting it. Now I have to admit I was wrong. Kudos to you J-gov for your humanity.

      (Although I still think the whole idea is pretty dumb)

    4. Ariel Says:

      As a matter of principle I’m glad I’ll be getting the money. If I might make a suggestion, how about donating the money to a charity? As many people have said it isn’t really that much money for a household, and I’m assuming most people weren’t budgeting around it, but for a food kitchen or the like it can make a big difference. I’m going to send mine back to my old church in the US (Level3 makes a good point about the exchange rate), apparently most food banks are reporting donation drops of about 50% compared to this time last year…gotta love how that is the first thing people cut back on when the economy goes bad.

    5. AWK Says:

      Never needed them and still don`t need it. Too much information must be provided before they give you ONLY 12,000yen.
      Merry Xmas and a happy New Year 2009 :)

    6. AWK Says:

      By the way, I would like to add to my post just submitted. As someone mentioned charity here. Well, good idea. I leave to LDP. Keep it and spend for some projects

    7. debito Says:

      Debito here. FYI to readers and commenters: Followed a google alert to find this site kindly quoting Debito.org and you lot about this topic:
      http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/263829

      Keep the intelligent comments coming about this and other topics — happy to have them, as are other readers! Debito

    8. jlpt-2kyu Says:

      If you are single then yes it is only 12000yen, but if you have a wife and two kids to support like myself then it comes to more like 64000yen. OK, not enough to buy a Porsche, but certainly enough to encourage me to go out and buy a few bits and bobs for the kids. In my case, I will probably spend 10000yen of it and send the rest home.

      I believe the gov. must be using this as some kind of statistic gathering exercise (I cannot imagine what or why, but there must be some other benefit to them beyond the plainly ridiculous economy-boost concept).

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