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Japanese household that accidentally received $360,000 COVID subsidy says it ‘can’t be returned’

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  • A town in western Japan announced on Friday that it mistakenly gave a single household account 46.3 million yen (approximately $361,450) in COVID-19 subsidies, which the recipient claims they can no longer return.
  • Low-income families exempt from residential tax in Abu of the Yamaguchi Prefecture were to receive 100,000 yen (approximately $781) per household in COVID-19 subsidies.
  • On April 1, a treasury official submitted a bank data list of 463 households that applied for the subsidies before mistakenly submitting a money transfer form five days later listing only one recipient, resulting in the one household receiving all funds meant to be distributed among 463 households.
  • After the town was finally able to reach the recipient family on April 21, it was told the money was “moved elsewhere” and could not be returned.

A town in western Japan revealed on Friday that a household who mistakenly received 46.3 million yen (around $361,450) in COVID-19 subsidies said they now cannot return the money.

The town of Abu in Yamaguchi Prefecture planned to distribute the COVID subsidy funds amongst 463 low-income households exempt from residential taxes. Each household who applied was to receive 100,000 yen (around $781).

Low-income Asian Americans received the lowest rental aid amid COVID-19, study finds

  • A University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study examined the demographics of more than 534,000 California renters who applied to California's Emergency Rental Assistance Program between March 2021 and March 2022.
  • While 48% of distressed white renters and 64% of Black distressed renters applied for relief, only 25% of distressed Asian American renters did.
  • The study underscores the likelihood of unmeasured accessibility barriers such as limited English proficiency and immigration status, which could lead to lower applications among Asian Americans.

A new University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study on housing insecurity in California during the COVID-19 pandemic reveals that Asian Americans applied the least and received the lowest amount of rental assistance across all racial groups.

The study, titled “Housing Insecurity Persists for Renters of Color Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic,” examined the demographics of more than 534,000 California renters who applied for the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program between March 2021 and March 2022, using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey data.