Compensation and relief money
|Reduction and exemption of National Health Insurance premiums and securing living costs|
|Living expenses funds support system|
|Using the support available|
1. Reduction and exemption of National Health Insurance premiums for disaster victims and the unemployed
In many towns and cities, the local governments are establishing systems to reduce or exempt disaster victims from paying National Health Insurance premiums (the actual amount of reduction varies according to the government). It may also be possible for you to have your premiums reduced if you lost your job through redundancy or your company going bankrupt, even if you were not directly affected by the earthquake disaster.
2. Securing living expenses funds through the loan interest loan system
You can make use of the low interest loan system to secure short-term living expenses funds. In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, the maximum limit of the emergency micro loan available to disaster victims has been raised to 200,000 JPY (with conditions). If you are unemployed you can make use of the general support loan, which lets you borrow up to 200,000 JPY for up to 1 year. Contact your local social welfare council for more information.
○Bereavement condolence money: paid to the families of those who die in a natural disaster
○Disability condolence money: paid to the those who are seriously disabled by a natural disaster
○Disaster assistance loan: loan for those whose head of household was injured, and those whose home or household items were damaged
○Financial Support for Reconstructing Livelihood of Disaster Victims: paid to those whose home was partially or fully destroyed by a natural disaster in accordance with the amount of damage done.
For more information, please contact the local government office nearest where you lived when the disaster occurred.
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Relief money, condolence money and unemployment benefits are not loans, and there is no need to pay the money back. Before you apply for any of these, please check with staff at your local government office or evacuation centre to see if you are eligible.
If you apply for one of the loans on offer, you must pay back what you have borrowed. Depending on the loan in question, interest may accrue and the grace period before you start having to pay back the loan will be different.
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