Komeito, a member of Japan’s ruling coalition, Tuesday released its first set of policy pledges for the upcoming general election, including a Y100,000 cash handout for those under age 19.
The party hopes to include the cash benefit in a fresh coalition agreement it plans to conclude with its partner, the Liberal Democratic Party, after the LDP elects its new leader Sept. 29.
Komeito aims to secure necessary funds for the measure under a supplementary budget expected to be drawn up after this autumn’s Lower House election.
The policy pledges, which cover the areas of child rearing and education, were announced by Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi stressed the need for additional assistance to child-rearing households facing heavier financial burdens amid the prolonged coronavirus crisis.
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