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News COVID-19 (April 28) + support measures

News COVID-19 (April 28) + support measures

We hope you are staying healthy and motivated despite the crisis.


Thank you for your large interest in our upcoming webinar with BNP Paribas Fortis Chief Economist Koen De Leus on Thursday 7 May 16:00-17:00 – we will continue to take applications till the day itself at noon.


To start our news overview on a positive note:
yesterday BLCCJ President Fabrice Tilot was featured in The Japan Times!


Some news headlines from the past days:
-Japan gov’t submits extra budget for virus rescue package (April 27, Kyodo News)


-BOJ expands easing steps to cushion virus’ economic impact (April 27, Kyodo News)


-Japan must make application process more user-friendly to aid businesses in need (April 27, The Yomiuri Shimbun)


-Japan PM Abe directs review of seal-stamping custom, eyeing virus containment (April 28, Mainichi Japan)


-Jobless rate rises to 2.5% in March (April 28, Reuters)


-Closed bookstores, libraries a challenge for publishers, readers (April 27, Kyodo News)


-More prefectures in Japan extend school closures amid virus uncertainty (April 27, The Japan Times)


-Japan to extend entry ban to Russia, 13 other countries: PM Abe (April 27, Kyodo News)


-Crowds down up to 80% on first day of Golden Week holidays (April 27, The Asahi Shimbun)


-Okinawa asks 60,000 booked travelers to cancel their trips (April 27, The Asahi Shimbun)


-Japan to approve remdesivir for coronavirus patients in May (April 27, Kyodo News)


In these financially challenging times, we like to remind you of the support that is out there:


-METI’s Support Measures for Companies Concerning the Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus Disease in English and in Japanese

Series of Leaflets Prepared Explaining Industry-based Support Measures that Businesses Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Disease are Able to Utilize (in Japanese)


-Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (in Japanese)


-Japanese Ministry of Finance (in Japanese)


-Japan Finance Corporation (in Japanese)


-Tokyo Metropolitan Government mainly in Japanese, some English


-Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications regarding the JPY 100,000 to all Japanese residents
Related news article (April 20, Kyodo News)


Overview of support measures (in French) provided by the French Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCIFJ)


You can find an updated overview of useful links here.


Stay healthy and safe!


The BLCCJ office