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日本で生活するための情報 / Information for living in Japan

Financial Assistance

Revised: March 29th, 2013

Revised: January 25th, 2017

Public Assistance

If you are badly off, you can apply for public assistance when you are granted a visa(it's formally "status of residence") for a long-term resident or designated activities after your refugee application. You can apply it at your local government office or municipal welfare office. As to a visa for designated activities, however, the local government may reject your request for public assistance based on the residential status. Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) can assist people who have a visa for designated activities with their application for public assistance.

Public assistance covers cost for daily life, medical care, education, childbirth in a hospital, nursing-care, etc. However, because public assistance is for those who are the most impoverished, you may be rejected the assistance if the local government consider that you might not be qualified for it. Even if you are not qualified for the public assistance, there may be other types of welfare assistance that are available for you. For details, please contact your local government.

Refugee Assistance Headquaters (RHQ)

You can apply, in the office RHQ, for financial assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you’ve already applied for refugee status and now waiting for its result. The assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs covers cost for daily life, housing, and medical care.
* RHQ:http://www.rhq.gr.jp/english/