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2020-07After huge amount of backlash against the 300,000-yen stimulus payment to the head of the household, the government finally has changed the stimulus check to 100,000 yen per person. However, this had a lot of problems. To begin with, this was proposed in March, and to our family, the money came in August. This mean it took us 5 months to even get the 100,000 yen. In addition, the process was not like U.S. where it was based on tax returns and SSN. Japan does have a similar concept called My Number, but it was not mandatory and a lot of citizens/residents did not have the number. The government were trying to use this My Number, but even then, the people who had the My Number had to fill out forms online which took hours. In addition, multiple forms were put in, and the money was received in July, which is still 4 months after it was proposed. For people who do not have My Number, a physical form was sent to their home address. We received the form in beginning of July, and received the money in August, which means it took them a month to process it. Also, the money was not sent to every citizen/resident at the same time. Some citizens/residents received it faster than others, which caused frustration to the government. Also, some received more than one stimulus payment due to the system being manual and on paper, not by computer. Overall, I was very frustrated with the government’s approach in giving the stimulus check. My brother has received the 1200USD check very quickly and compared to that, Japanese stimulus check took too long.
2020-04-10Before the 100,000yen per person stimulus payment, Japan had a different plan. Originally, the plan was to give 300,000-yen stimulus payment to households with reduced revenue. However, this had many issues. To begin with, who can receive the stimulus payment was very narrow and hard to understand. The measurement of reduced revenue was based on who was considered as the「世帯主」meaning the head of the household. If the income of the head of household from February to June due to the spread of the new corona infection has… (1) Decreased and becomes the resident tax exemption level (2) Decreased by more than half and becomes less than twice the resident tax exemption level The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications decided that single-person households would be considered as tax-exempt households if their monthly income after the decrease was 100,000 yen or less, in order to make the stimulus payment conditions uniform nationwide. As one person is increased in the household, the standard monthly income increases by 50,000 yen. The problem was that this only covers 20% of the whole citizens/residents and cannot cover the majority. Other problems were the fact that the stimulus payment is based on the income of the head of the household. In modern days, it is normal for both husband and wife to work and especially in Japan, it is hard to just live with an income of one person. Therefore, even though the head of the household’s income did not decrease for example for the husband, if the wife’s income has significantly decreased, it will cause problems. The nuisance of head of the household is considered to be a man/husband in Japan and hence using the word 世帯主/head of the household is a problem. Finally, the problem of this stimulus payment plan is that the money is given to the head of the household. A simple calculation will indicate that a single-person household can receive 300,000 yen per person, but a four-person household can only receive 75,000 yen per person. This may create a sense of unfairness. Also, if the head of the household receives the stimulus payment, it may not be distributed properly to all household members. In particular, due to COVID-19, there is an increase in cases of domestic violence and child abuse and these victims will have trouble receiving the money.