Just a week after the Japanese government announced plans to send a "special fixed payment" of 100,000 yen
to every single resident (national citizens and foreign residents alike) in light of the difficulties caused in Japan by the novel coronavirus outbreak, local governments have begun to take action. From the beginning, the announcement
from the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications explained that the process would be organized by local governments, leaving the actual logistics of mailing out payment application forms, processing them, and then transferring the payments directly into bank accounts, all to city halls and ward offices across Japan. For more details on how the process will actually work, please check our previous explanation here
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.