Help in Fight
Against Covid-19

Whether you’re a freelancer, a business owner or a concerned member of the community, we hope you find this listing of government support programs and subsidies helpful.

Services are provided in Japanese language only unless otherwise stated. 

Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
A public employment office specializing in providing job counseling and placement services for foreigners seeking employment in Japan. The center is run by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

English Updates from Governor Koike
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike puts out weekly English video updates about coronavirus on Tokyo’s YouTube channel at 19:15 on Fridays.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Covid-19 Support Center for Foreign Residents
Assistance for foreign residents in Tokyo dealing with the effects of the coronavirus. Service available in 14 languages.


Tokyo Office of Governor for Policy Planning Covid-19 Resource Center
This site contains a listing of contact details for requesting grace periods for a variety of business expenses, from utilities to loans. It also has resources for emergency loans and financing, as well as consultation and counseling for small business owners.

Tokyo Industrial Labor Bureau
Cash flow support for sole proprietors and freelancers.

Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center
Management for sole proprietors and freelancers.

Tokyo Hataraku Net
Training subsidy for SMEs in industries that include restaurants, retail, wholesale and service.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Infection Spread Prevention Cooperation Fund
This fund is available for Tokyo-based SMEs that are stopping business to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Applications must be received by June 19.

Bureau of Citizen and Cultural Affairs — Ale for Art Tokyo Project
Have a great idea for video content? Artists, musicians and performers can submit their clips to receive up to ¥100,000 per contributor.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Employment Adjustment Subsidy
Monetary assistance designed to help companies continue to keep their teams employed.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Subsidy Program
Applications information for business financial support.

Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center
Management for sole proprietors and freelancers.

Grant for Tokyo restaurants converting to takeout and delivery.