The Japanese Cabinet has approved with the government’s plan to offer financial aid to students suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Students suffering financially as a result of loss of part-time jobs or hours-cut amid business closures across the country, will be offered financial assistance up to 200,000 yen (1,900 U.S. dollars) in cash.
The Japanese government making the scheme all-inclusive have also made the provision for extension of the benefit of the cash distribution to overseas students who have been hurt by the pandemic.
The evidence to confirm the financial circumstances of the students will be provided by respective educational institutions. The money will be handed out by the Japan Student Services Organisation, an independent entity established to provide financial assistance to students.
The Japanese government will fund the cash handout scheme by an extra budget that was enacted late last month. From the extra budget, 53 billion yen (about 492 million U.S. dollars) has been allocated to finance the programme and students at universities, graduate schools, junior colleges, vocational schools and Japanese language schools will be eligible for the support.
Japan’s education minister, Koichi Hagiuda, “It’s most important for students not to abandon continuing and advancing their education. We’d like to quickly provide assistance to all”.