Special Benefit for Single Parent Low Income Households “Teishotoku hitori oya setai rinji-kyufukin”
Eligibility for basic paymentThose who correspond to any of the following:
- Those receiving child support allowance (jido-fuyou-teate) for the month of June, 2020.
- Those receiving public pension and the full payment of child support allowance (jido-fuyou-teate) for June, 2020 was suspended.
- Household income has drastically changed due to the effects of COVID-19 and income is the same standard as households receiving child support allowance (jido-fuyou-teate). ※Benefit payment for the month of June for those who apply has been transferred in August to households corresponding to ①. Application required for ② and ③.
Additional paymentThose corresponding to ①and ②above may apply for one-time additional payment.（Household finances drastically changed due to the effects of COVID-19, and income has declined.）
PaymentBasic payment：50,000yen/household, additional 30,000yen/child for additional children.
Additional payment：50,000 yen/household
Application“Single parent special benefit” (child support allowance division) in your city/town hall.
(Deadline Februrary 28, 2021)
Subsidy Program for Sustaining Business “Jizokuka-kyufukin” （for business operators）
EligibilitySales in one month declined by more than 50% compared to the same month the previous year due to the effects of COVID-19.
Payment2 million yen for corporations、1 million yen for individual business owners.
※maximum payment is the amount of decrease in sales compared to total sales last year.
Application“Sustainable Cash Benefit” online application
(deadline January 15, 2021)
Out-of-Work Support Fund and Cash Handout “Kyugyou shienkin”
EligibilityThose who meet the following 2 conditions:
- Employees of small-medium sized companies instructed to take absence from work between April 1 and September 30, 2020 by their business owner.
- Those who did not receive pay for leave mentioned above (kyugyou-teate).
Payment80% of wage before out of work （monthly maximum payment of 330,000 yen）.
application method by post
Housing Security Benefit （rent directly paid to landlord） “Jyukyokakuho kyufukin”
EligibilityWithin 2 years of leaving a job・business shutdown, or decrease in income due to suspension of work, with similar conditions to those that have left a job.
Payment duration3 months in principle （maximum of 9 months）
PaymentAmount equivalent to the rent is paid directly to the landlord from the municipality
ApplicationCity hall for those living in a city, social welfare council for those living in a town
DetailsInformation about the Housing Security Benefit
★Shiga prefecture is accepting temporary occupants in prefectural housing.
EligibilityThose dismissed from the workplace due to the effects of COVID-19 and had no other option but to leave their home.
DurationMaximum of 1 year
ApplicationHousing Division, Department of public works and transportation（℡ 077-528-4234)
If you have any concerns regarding your livelihood, please consult the welfare division or social welfare office in your city or town!
Act on the 3 R's
１． Reduce: Reduce trashBring your own reusable bags. Avoid using plastic bags supplied at grocery stores to help reduce plastic trash. Eliminate food waste by only buying necessary ingredients. Starting July 2020, plastic bags at locations such as grocery and convenience stores will no longer be supplied free of charge.
２． Reuse: Reuse itemsUse the recycle shop or flea market to dispose of unnecessary items, or give away items to others. Use items with care.
３． Recycle: Utilize the resourcesUse items repeatedly as a resource. Unnecessary items may be used effectively by separating the different types of trash and recycling. Materials collected as resources will be reused as raw materials for new products. Separate the different types of trash for disposal and utilize the collection box at grocery stores.
〇Sorting the different types of trash at homeGarbage collection and the way of sorting the things you throw away differ among regions. Ask your city hall or neighbors on how to sort out trash. Follow the garbage collection date, location, and regional rules before throwing things away.
History of Eco-friendly Life in Shiga
- From long ago, an eco-friendly water culture called “kabata” exists in the district of Harie in Shinasahi-cho, Takashima city. Homes in this district have a system of driving spring water that originates from the mountains for use in the kitchen as shown in the diagram on the right. The spring water is not only used for drinking, but can also be accumulated in a basin called “tsuboike” to be used for cooking, washing, soaking vegetables for storage, and cooling. Water flowing out of the “tsuboike” goes into another basin called “hataike” where koi fish eat the remaining grains of rice and vegetable waste mixed in the water. The water will then flow out of homes into a canal.
- In 1977, there was an outbreak of red tide in Biwako due to phosphorus used in synthetic detergents. This initiated the “natural soap movement” to use natural powdered soap and to stop using synthetic detergents in order to protect the beauty of Biwako. The Biwako Ordinance was established in 1980 to keep Biwako clean, and to commemorate this day, July 1st was designated as “Biwako Day”. Around this day, all residents in the prefecture take part by cleaning their neighborhood, regions along the lakeside, and waterways. Please take part!
- Those who are in Japan on a tourist visa or other short stay visa cannot open a bank account in Japan.
- A residence card, a My Number card or another identity document, a proof of current address and a personal seal (inkan) are required to open a bank account.
- Banks or money transfer service providers can be used when transferring money to another country. * Companies who transfer money without registration are operating illegally and must not be used.
- Contact the financial institution if the address, period of stay, status changes, after leaving the school or work, or if a bank book or cash card is lost.
- When the account will no longer be used because of a return to the home country, the account should be closed.
* When transferring money abroad, the My Number is required.
Shiga Animal Care Center℡ 0748-75-1911 136-98 Iwane, Konan City
Otsu City Hall Health Department Health Center Animal Care Center℡ 077-574-4601 1-chome 24-2 Oginosato, Otsu City
★Be responsible for your pets: take them for a walk, feed them, and have them vaccinated. Discipline them so as not to cause any trouble to others. Clean up your pet’s feces and dispose of them at home. Letting your dog roam freely and releasing them while taking them for a walk in the park is prohibited.
- Contact the city hall.
＊The procedure may be different depending on the city, but some have a place for cremation of animals. In the case of dogs, follow the procedure for cancellation of registration at the city hall. (within 30 days)
- There are also private companies dealing with pet funerals and graves.
- Burying the body of a dead animal in a private land is allowed, but is forbidden in rivers, parks, etc.
Animal Quarantine Service
- Agripark Ryuo 6526 Yamanoue, Ryuo-cho, Gamo-gun
- Takano Strawberry Farm 3469 Yamanoue, Ryuo-cho, Gamo-gun
- Blume no Oka (Blumen Hugel Farm) 843 Nishioji, Hino-cho, Gamo-gun
- Rock Bay Garden 1431 Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City
- Makino Pick Land 835-1 Terakubo, Makino-cho, Takashima City
- Rakunoshya Nagomi no Sato Tourist Farm 2579 Shimokoga, Adogawa-cho, Takashima-shi
- Rosa and Berry Tawada Farm and Garden 605-10 Tawada, Maibara City
- Dainaka Kakimi Strawberry Farm 483 Dainaka-cho, Omihachiman City
- Minakuchi Technos Farm 5940-4 Minakuchi, Minakuchi-cho, Koka City
- Narita Ranch 696 Shinji, Konan-cho, Koka City
- Omimaiko Strawberry Orchard Minamikomatsu, Otsu City
For those who want to enjoy agriculture
Rent a farm. A rental farm is a small area of land that you can rent at a reasonable price where you can grow your choice of vegetables and flowers. It is your very own small farm.
There are rental farms such as allotment gardens managed by the city hall, JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperative), NPO corporations, private farms, etc. Please contact each one respectively as conditions may vary for each.
Social Inclusion Support Center “Yorisoi Hotline”Tel: 0120-279-338
2294 Konohama-cho, Moriyama City
Regarding Japanese traffic rules, the book “Rules of the Road”, issued by JAF, is published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.