The payment of benefits of 100 thousand yen (about 930 US dollars) to each resident began in most regions of Japan, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing the Minister of national Affairs Sanae Takaichi.
In 1,388 of the 1,741 administrative divisions of Japan (79.7%), the payment of benefits has already begun. The rest will start on Tuesday.
The decision to pay a one-time allowance of 100,000 yen to all residents of the country was made at the end of April and included in a package of additional budget measures to combat the coronavirus. This measure alone has been allocated 8.89 trillion yen (about $ 83 billion).
Initially, it was considered to assist with three times the size, but only to those in need. However, in the end, it was decided to give benefits to all, but with the expectation that the better-off sections of the population will refuse to help themselves without applying.
So, for example, did members of the government of Japan. The full Cabinet, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ministers, and their deputies, will refuse to receive the allowance.