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Camp Kinser residents eligible for stimulus ¥¥ urged to apply

Date Posted: 2009-09-24

Urasoe City is trying to give away government stimulus money, but many eligible people living on Camp Kinser have been tough to reach, and time is running out.

Applications for the stimulus money have been available since April in Urasoe City, but the deadline for submitting an application is October 15th. Urasoe City officials say that people who live on Camp Kinser were sent applications, advising foreigners to apply by mail. The problem, officials say, is that mail sent to the military base was returned with the note “the recipient is not at this address.

“We can’t send the application form for the stimulus money if the person doesn’t have the right address or Post Office Box number,” a city official says. Urasoe City is now asking Camp Kinser residents to go to the City Office and talk with the office staff and make an application. Once the deadline is past, officials say Urasoe City will conclude the Camp Kinser residents declined to apply.

The Japanese government came up with the stimulus plan early in the year to offset the economic downturn. Each person is entitled to a ¥12,000 payment under the program. Individuals 65 or older, or those under 18, are entitled to ¥20,000. To qualify, city officials say that individuals must, as of February 1, 2009, (a) register with the Urasoe City Office, (b) be registered with an alien registration in Urasoe City, or (c) register with the basic register of residents in Urasoe City. Each person must have been living in Japan as of February 1, 2009.

Persons who apply can receive the benefit. Householders can apply to receive the money, but each individual foreigner must apply in order to receive the stimulus money. City officials say in rare cases, a substitute person can make application on behalf of an eligible person.

The Urasoe City Stimulus Money mail delivery room is 1-1-1 Ahacha, Urasoe City 901-2501. Information is available at (098) 876-1234.

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