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The Special Allowance for Child Rearing

On January 27th 2009, the national supplementary budget was approved, and on the following day the guidelines on eligible recipients and the method of provision were designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Based on this, the city of Kitakyushu is now preparing to make these payments.

Objectives

The Special Allowance for Child-Rearing is part of the lifestyle policy, determined on October 30th 2008. The purpose of this allowance is to assist multiple-child households with the cost burden of child rearing, and as a one-off measure, households with two or more children will receive 36,000yen per child.

Eligible children

Children are eligible during the 3 year period before entering elementary school in 2008, that is, children who were born between April 2nd 2002 and April 1st, 2005 and have at least one older sibling.

* ‘Older sibling’ is defined as one who has not yet graduated high school (is under 18, born after April 2nd, 1990) in this case.

Base Date

1st February 2009

Amount of payment

For each child, 36,000yen will be paid to the head of the child’s household. This will be a one-off payment.

The period for sending your application

  • Application forms(PDF:575KB) will be sent out on Tuesday April 28th
  • Applications will be accepted between Friday May 1st and Monday November 2nd.

Applications by post will be accepted from Friday May 1st

Applications/enquiries at you ward office or local office

Ward office
Open: Thursday May 7th - Tuesday June 30th (Monday to Friday, but also open on 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th May)
Opening times: 08:30 - 17:00 (until 19:00 on Thursday)

Local Office
Open: Thursday May 7th - Friday May 29th (weekdays only)
Opening hours: 08:30-17:30
Payments will be made between Tuesday May 19th and Monday November 30th

  • Bank transfers will be from Tuesday May 19th.
  • Payment by cash will be from the end of June.

Application

In order to receive the payment, it is required that the application is carried out by head of the household in which in the eligible child(s) is living.
As a general rule, the payment is made by bank transfer.

From application to payment

*For payment by bank transfer:

The city send application forms to those eligible. (These forms will be sent on April 28th, and will include instructions for filling out the form, and a stamp-addressed envelope)
The resident fills out the application form with the necessary details, including bank account number, and sends the form along with the relevant materials to the city.
The city verifies the application, and transfers the payment to the designated bank account from May 19th.

*For payment by cash (this only applies if you do not have a bank account, or have other special circumstances):

The city send application forms to those eligible. (These forms will be sent on April 28th, and will include instructions for filling out the form, and a stamp-addressed envelope.
The resident fills out the application form, ticking the box on the form saying ‘Pick up’ cash, and sends the form back to the city using the enclosed stamp-addressed envelope.
The city verifies the application, and sends a Notification of Payment with information on the date, time and place from which you can pick up your payment. (These payments are scheduled to begin from the end of June)

These payments will not be income-tested.

Enquiries

The Special Allowance for Child Rearing Call Center
093-582-2727

Opening hours: 08:30 - 19:00
(Between April 13th and June 30th, will also be open on weekends and holidays)

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International Policy Division,
Planning and Coordination Bureau,
CITY OF KITAKYUSHU
1-1 Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 803-8501 JAPAN
Tel: 093-582-2146
(International Calling +81-93-582-2146)
Fax: 093-582-2176