Japan Begins the Process of Distributing Stimulus Checks to Citizens, Starting in Chiba
Chiba's Ichikawa City to Begin Sending Money in Mid-May
While at the time of the announcement, various sources agreed that things would likely get going in May, it seems the first region to take steps towards a speedy payment process is Ichikawa City. On April 27th, just seven days after the national government made its decision, the local government of the city of Ichikawa (in Chiba Prefecture, which borders Tokyo) created a new page on the city hall website. On top of detailed explanations of the process and what to expect, the page includes access to a downloadable PDF of the official application form. Ichikawa City Hall explains that while most citizens should go through one of the two standard application processes (either applying online with their My Number card, or waiting to receive an application form in the mail) any residents who absolutely need to receive the payment as soon as possible can preemptively download a blank application form and submit it to city hall for expedited processing.
市では、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大を受けた現金10万円（特別定額給付金）の給付の申請受付を開始しました。— 市川市 (@ichikawa_shi) April 27, 2020
"The city has begun the application process for the distribution of 100,000 yen payments due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (the special fixed payment). Those who are in dire need of the money as soon as possible are now eligible. We aim to continue procedures for all others in early June. Applications and other details here ⇒ [link] "
How Ichikawa City is Handling the Process
We look forward to seeing how Ichikawa's forward-thinking plan works out! Let us know what you think on the Japankuru twitter, instagram, and facebook.
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