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Over 10,000 foreign children living abroad get child allowances from Japan

A total of 10,656 foreign children living abroad have received monthly child allowances of 13,000 yen each from the Japanese government since the system was launched in June, Japan’s welfare ministry said Thursday.

For the whole of fiscal 2010 through March 2011, up to 1.6 billion yen in total will be paid to such children who have parents living in Japan but remain in their home countries.

Following a public backlash against Japanese taxpayers’ money being used for foreign children abroad, however, former Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Akira Nagatsuma said in March that the government plans to require such children to live in Japan to be eligible for the allowances.

A study by the ministry has also found that 15.32 million children have received the benefits since June despite there being a total of 15.88 million children eligible for them, indicating that about 560,000 children remain unpaid.

The figures in the survey exclude civil servants’ households, as the subsidies are directly paid to them from the parents’ workplaces instead of through local administrative offices for other households. Read full story from the Publisher.

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