カテゴリー: Other

Coronavirus-related support programs

 

(In Takasaki, as of 27th May 2020)

 

*Residents of other cities should call their own city

or the national hotline number

 

 

Support Type Eligibility Program Name Description Contact (in Takasaki)
Benefits All people registered as residents of Takasaki on 27th April 2020 Special cash payment
特別定額給付金
JPY100,000 per recipient
Applications were sent out in June 2020
Takasaki Special Cash Payment Office 027-321-1249
or National Hotline
0120-260-020
Households with children 0 to 15 years (junior high school) Special benefit to households raising children
子育て世帯への臨時特別給付金

JPY10,000 per child – No application necessary, was paid in June to eligible accounts of families receiving the child allowance (jido teate) in April 2020 Children & Families Division
027-321-1247
or National Hotline
0120-271-381
People who cannot pay rent and are at risk of losing housing Housing security benefit
住居確保給付金
Pay a portion of your rent for you, directly to your landlord for 3 months (up to 9 months in eligible cases) Social Welfare Division
027-321-1302
or National Hotline
0120-23-5572
Foreign students Emergency student support handout for continuing studies
学生支援緊急給付金
JPY100,000 to 200,000 Student Administration Office
of your school
Loan People who can bearly make their ends meet Temporary loan
emergency funds
緊急小口資金
総合支援資金

Single-person households: JPY650,000 maximum
Households of two or more people: JPY800,000 maximum
 
Takasaki City Council of Social Welfare (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) 027-370-8855
or National Hotline 0120-46-1999
Extension/
Reduction or Exemption
People who cannot pay insurance premiums, national/prefectural/
municipal taxes, or utility bills
Reduction or extension of payment deadline for your taxes Reduction or extension of the national health insurance premiums (kokumin kenko hoken), long-term care insurance premiums (kaigo hoken), national pension premiums (kokumin nenkin) Insurance & Pension Division
027-321-1238
Extension of payment deadline for your taxes Extension of your national/prefectural/municipal taxes due National Tax:0120-948-249
City Tax: 027-321-1226
Extension of payment deadline for utility bills Extension of your electricity, gas, telephone, NHK, and other utility bills due Your power/water/gas utility company
Residential
Status
(visa)
Period of stay is about to be expired; have a residential status pending Extension of your period
of stay
Residential status application period is extended Takasaki Branch Office,
Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
027-328-1154
Period of receiving application screening results is extended
Cannot return to home country Change of your
residential status
Residential status can be changed

Avoiding Heatstroke Under the New Normal

 

Preventing Covid-19 by wearing a mask while also trying to avoid heatstroke is difficult. Here are some tips from the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Labour.

 

  1. Avoid heat when and where you can (use air conditioners, fans, dress in cool clothing, etc.)
  2. Unmask from time to time when it is safe to do so by maintaining 2 meters between you and people around you.
  3. Keep hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, even when not thirsty.
  4. Monitor your daily health and stay home when you don’t feel well.
  5. Exercise to keep in shape while adjusting to the summer heat.

 

Elderly people, children, and those with special needs are more vulnerable to heatstroke. Look out for the people around you as well as yourself!

 

Discount for Gunma residents when staying at participating hotels/ryokan

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(For the first 300,000 stays)

5,000 yen cashback/discount per person, per night at participating facilities

 

1 Campaign Details

 

Cashback/discount amount: 5,000 yen per person, per night

※For stays at facilities where the nightly rate is 6,000 yen or above per person, per night (before tax)

 

Eligible People: Residents of Gunma when staying at participating facilities in Gunma Prefecture (excludes infants/babies who are not being charged a nightly rate)

 

Limit: First 300,000 stays

※The campaign will end once 300,000 stays have been discounted

 

Period: 5th June 2020-31st July 2020

 

Participating Facilities: Hotels/ryokan located within Gunma Prefecture that have registered to participate (details available from Friday 5th June on official website)

 

2 How to Use

 

STEP 1 Check the facility you wish to stay at is one of the participating facilities listed on the official website

STEP 2 Make a booking at the facility yourself by your prefered method (via travel agent/booking website/directly phoning the facility, etc.)

STEP 3 When checking in, let reception know that you want to use the 「泊まって!応援キャンペーン」(“Tomatte-Ouen Campaign”), and show proof of residency in Gunma (driver’s license/My Number Card/Zairyu Card, etc.)

STEP 4 Fill in your details on the application form that will be given to you and submit to reception

STEP 5 At checkout, you will be given 5,000 yen cash back (or a discount)

 

3 Cautions

 

・Cannot be used for stays that already include special deals offering cashbacks via Quo Cards or gift vouchers

・The total price of the stay can include the charge for meals/souvenirs purchased from the same facility, as long as those extra charges are paid for together with the nightly rate upon checkout.

・Maximum amount of cashback/discount for a stay is 15,000 yen per person (5,000 yen x 3 nights). ※A maximum of 3 consecutive nights at the one facility

・For families/groups that include children who are subject to children’s (reduced) nightly rates, the total bill will be divided by the number of guests and the discount will be available if the nightly stay for one guest is 6,000 yen or higher (before tax) .  This excludes babies/infants for whom a nightly stay rate is not charged.

 

4 FAQ (Japanese)

 

利用対象者向けQ&A(PDF)

 

5 More Information

 

Aikyo Gunma Project “Tomatte-Ouen Campaign” Office

(Gunma Association of Tourism, Local Products and International Relations)

Maebashi-shi Ote-machi 2-1-1 Gunma Kaikan 3F

TEL 027-243-7274

FAX 027-243-7275

E-mail  aikyou@gtia.jp

Office Hours   8:30〜17:15 weekdays, 9:00~17:00 weekdays (for June 2020 only)

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Official Site (Japanese only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Become a Member of the Takasaki International Relations Society

Membership Dues: 2000 yen per year

Period: April 2018-March 2019

Benefits:

Priority sign up and discount for some events,

bi-monthly newsletter delivered to your door,

join 300 other like-minded members to support

international relations in Takasaki!

Contact the TIRS office for more information on how to join, and see the pamphlet below!

Member Information

UNESCO Memory of the World

 

The Three Cherished Stelae of Ancient Kozuke

The series of ancient stone monuments known as The Stelae of Kozuke and consisting of the Yamanoue Stela (681 A.D.), Tago Stela (711), and Kanaizawa Stela (726) have been included in the Memory of the World Register. The three stelae are located in Takasaki but have been relatively unknown until now. The Yamanoue Stela in Yamana-machi is the oldest of 18 Japanese stone monuments still standing from ancient times, and is the oldest example of Chinese characters used to write in Japanese grammatical form. The Tago Stela in Ike, Yoshii-machi, was erected to announce the establishment of a new county under direction of the central government, and it is admired for its square calligraphy style that influenced calligraphers Asia-wide. The Kanaizawa Stela also in Yamana-machi, tells of the social status of women of the time and the spread of Buddhism throughout Japan. The historical, cultural, social and political importance of the stelae has been recognized through their inscription as UNESCO Memory of the World.

 

Visit: Use the free city bus from Yoshii Station for making the trip between the stelae. 8 buses depart daily, in 45-minute intervals.

The bus also stops at Yamana Station.