Japan gov't to earmark 1 tril. yen for reserve fund to fight coronavirus
Kyodo -- Apr 06
Japan will earmark 1 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) for a reserve fund to fight the new coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft of an emergency economic package being compiled by the government.

With the fund, the government will provide an additional 10,000 yen per child for families that receive child allowances, says the draft made available on Sunday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is expected to approve the fund, together with a supplementary budget for fiscal 2020, in a meeting on Tuesday.

With the number of infections in Japan topping 4,500 and the domestic death toll exceeding 100, the government says the pandemic has caused "the biggest economic crisis since World War II," according to the draft.

政府がフリーランスを含む個人事業主に最大100万円の現金給付を検討していることが分かりました。  政府は7日にもまとめられる緊急経済対策で収入が大幅に減った中小企業に最大200万円、フリーランスを含む個人事業主に最大100万円の現金を給付して収入の減った分を補填する方向で検討しています。予算は2兆円程度を想定していますが、給付の対象となる減収の幅や給付額について最終調整が続いているということです。また、新型コロナウイルスへの治療効果が期待される薬「アビガン」の確保や感染の拡大を防止した後、観光や飲食、イベントへの支援策としてクーポン券やポイントで費用を助成する「GoTo」キャンペーンを検討しているということです。
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