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    Posted by Dr. 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


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

    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.



    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)












    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:


      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 and you lot about this topic:

      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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