¥100,000 for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises, ¥50,000 for Individual Owner-Managers, Financial Support During COVID-19
On April 27th, Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City announced that it will provide a grant across all small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and small-scale businesses and individual owner-managers, as a means of financial support in the midst of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Providing for 4,450 enterprises, SMEs can receive ¥100,000, while small-scale businesses and individual owner-managers can receive ¥50,000.
The financial support project will cost ¥312.5 million. The funds were processed on April 27th by Sabae City’s government body, into the current fiscal year’s general accounting and finance supplementary budget.
With the COVID-19 situation dealing a serious blow on the economy, the purpose of the project is to extend support across businesses. Unattached with conditions, such as having to show a level of reduction in sales, it is a first within the prefecture for a municipality to provide a uniform grant across all businesses. Large-scale enterprises are excluded form the project.
Applications via the internet or mail is requires, and will start taking place form May. In roughly two weeks, the funds will be deposited into the designated bank account. Consultations can be made to the counter within the Sabae City Commerce & Industry Policy Department. The phone line is 0778 (53) 2231.
Across 500,000 Household Within the Prefecture, Up to 100 Masks
On April 28th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported that it will be distributing tickets to its approximately 500,000 households within the prefecture, which would allow its residents to secure masks, in response to the difficulty in obtaining masks, as an effect from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Prefectural Governor Masanori Tanimoto expressed his outlook, “The purchase tickets will be mailed during mid-May, allowing residents to begin purchasing tickets, at soonest, closer towards the end of the month.”
Each household will be able to purchase up to two boxes of masks (with each box containing 50 masks) at “Kusuri no Aoki”, a drugstore chain headquartered in Ishikawa Prefecture. A company within the prefecture, that handles medical equipment, will be in charge of supplying the masks.
Both Toyama and Fukui prefectures have also announce the initiative to distribute mask purchase tickets across all households within its respective prefectures. In Fukui Prefecture, the sale of masks, with the tickets, have begun from April 24th at drugstores within the prefecture.
Announcement for Prefectural Schools, Request for Elementary and Junior High School
On April 28th, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto made an announcement regarding the planned reopening of schools after Golden Week, from May 7th, stating, “for the time being, the school closures are to be extended.” The announcement was made in an emergency press conference regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The request, to continue school closures for elementary and junior high schools, was also made towards the Boards of Education across the prefecture’s municipalities. The length of time for the extension has not been established, but an announcement will be made at least one week before a proposed school reopening.