Japan Disaster Aid to Cover Some Partially Damaged Homes

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Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Monday that it will provide up to 300,000 yen in aid per home under the disaster relief act for emergency repairs of some houses recognized as being partially damaged by disasters.

Current rules limit the distribution of such aid to heavily damaged houses, including half-destroyed ones. The wider coverage will take effect with disasters occurring in fiscal 2019 and later, for houses in municipalities to which the law is applied.

The change in rules comes after a number of houses in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, had their roofs blown off by violent winds from powerful Typhoon Faxai in September. But many of them may be deemed to be only partially damaged, making them ineligible for the emergency repair aid.

Homes damaged by at least 10 pct can be eligible for the aid under the new rules. Municipalities are slated to start accepting aid applications under the new standards late this month.

The new rules will also make the aid available to homes in municipalities in Saga Prefecture and other areas affected by torrential rains that hit the northern part of the Kyushu southwestern region in August. But houses that have already been repaired will be excluded from the aid coverage.

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