Kasama City Countermeasures Concerning Covid-19 (2020/4/9)
Following the State of Emergency declared on April 7th, in order to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus disease, most events have been postponed or canceled. Tourism and food industries and other regional economic sectors have been severely affected as well.
Citizens' safety is our top priority. For this reason, compulsory primary and junior high schools and public facilities in Kasama City have been temporarily closed, and other support measures for the economy are being taken.
Kasama City Mayor
Closure of Schools and Public Facilities until May 6
- Kasama City schools closed (April 10 to May 5)
- All after-school children's clubs, child support centers, and Kasama Kids Center
City libraries (closed until May 7th), city community centers (including district community centers), international exchange centers
All sports facilities (including outdoor sports facilities)
Other public places (Inada Stone Museum, Kitayama Park, Fukuchan-no-mori Park, Kasama Geijutsu-no-mori Park (Asobi-no-mori), Ikoi-no-ie Hanasaka, House in Kasama, Kasama Kleingarten, Kasama Historical Exchange Center Izutsuya, Atago Forest House, Tsukuba Naval Air Corps Memorial, Museum of History and Folklore, Iwama Experience and Learning Center, Yukai Fureai Center)
*Nursery schools and kindergartens are still open. However, we ask for your cooperation to provide childcare at home if possible.
Utility Payments (from April 20th at Tomobe Community Center)
Starting April 20th, consulting services regarding the payment of municipal taxes and utility bills (water services, etc.) will be provided at the Tomobe Community Center.
Citizens unable to pay their bills due to coronavirus may be able to delay (defer) their municipal taxes, utility bills, and other payments.
Deferrable payments: Municipal and Prefectural Residential tax (individual), Municipal Residential tax (corporate), Property tax, Light Vehicle tax, National Health Insurance tax, water bill, wastewater bill, agricultural community effluent treatment facility usage bill.
Contact: Tax Collection Division, Health Insurance and Pension Services Division, Water Division
Temporary Employment Opportunites (acceptance starting April 10)
For parents who have lost their jobs and for those whose job offers have been retracted due to coronavirus, Kasama City is looking to help individuals find work by providing opportunities such as offering temporary employment as short-term municipal employees and by introducing individuals to hiring businesses within the city.
Who can apply:
1) Current and former city residents whose job offers have been retracted due to coronavirus
2) Current residents with children ages 0 years through high school who have been dismissed from work due to coronavirus
・Period of employment: 3 months (renewal: 1 time; maximum period of employment: 6 months)
・Number of employees: 20
・Work schedule: negotiable
・Hourly wage: 923 yen
・Work content: administrative work
Contact: Secretarial Division Personnel Payroll Group
Business Support (1)
Loan Project for Kasama Pottery Festival Exhibitors (acceptance starting April 10)
Due to the postponement of the 39th Kasama Pottery Festival (Himatsuri), it is anticipated that Kasama ceramic artists who planned to exhibit their works will experience difficulties. Therefore, a loan system for expected exhibitors has been created by Kasama City to support pottery making.
Who can apply: Expected Kasama ceramic artists and entrepreneurs exhibitors of the 39th Kasama Pottery Festival (Kasama residence certificate possessors, or members of the Kasamayaki Cooperative, owners of an office in Kasama)
・Loan period: Until December 28, 2020 (Mon.) *Generally as a lump-sum repayment
・Loan amount: Half of the sales from the previous Kasama Pottery Festival. Max. ¥500,000
・Load requirements: Zero-interest, a co-signer, municipal taxes fully paid. Loans are provided one time only.
Contact: Commerce Division
Business Support (2)
COVID-19 Related Business Support Through the Hometown Tax Donation Program
As part of Kasama City's initiatives to support businesses and producers whose operations have been severely affected by the spread of the coronavirus, support to businesses is being provided through participating in the Furusato Choice "Special Coronavirus Support" program.
Contact: Civic Activities Division
Kasama City Emergency Support Passport Program for Restaurants
The program will be implemented after coronavirus pandemic has ended.
The Kasama City Restaurant Emergency Support Passport Program is subsidized by the Commerce and Industry Society of Kasama.
In an effort to boost consumption, customers who visit Kasama City restaurants listed in the "Platinum Passport" coupon book can receive a 10% discount by showing the book at checkout. A maximum of ¥50,000 per month will be subsidized to restaurants to cover the estimated decrease in revenue due to the discount program.
・Target: 200 restaurants in KasamaCity (regardless of whether or not they are members of the Commerce and Industry Society)
・Fee for restaurants: Free
・Number of coupon books for sale: 10,000 (max)
Contact: Commerce Division
Sanitizer Liquid Distribution
Due to the shortage in disinfecting products, sanitizer liquid will be distributed at the amount of 1 liter per person. Please bring a clean plastic bottle with you.
◆Distribution Time: 10 am -12 pm, 1 pm - 3 pm
- Kasama City Civic Gymnasium: April 18th (Sat), 21th (Tue), 24th (Fri), 27th (Mon), 30th (Thu)
- Tomobe Community Center: April 19th (Sun), 22th (Wed), 25th (Sat), 28th (Tue)
- Iwama Community Center: April 20th (Mon), 23th (Tue), 26th (Sun), 29th (Wed)
Contact: Environmental Conservation Division
- Information related to Covid-19 [Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare]
- Information for foreign residents [Ibaraki Prefectural Government]
- Multilingual Consultation Service Regarding Covid-19