Tokyo News: Homeless to be offered hotel rooms over New Year period in Tokyo
Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi
Modern Tokyo Times
The Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, and others within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) are seeking to provide solace to vulnerable people during the New Year period. Therefore, from December 21 until January 19, people hit hard by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis will get support from the local government.
NHK reports, “Tokyo officials are working with local welfare offices and support groups to allow people who lost their homes to stay at business hotels free of charge from Monday until January 19.”
The TMG provided similar support during the State of Emergency period earlier this year. Hence, the TMG is requesting vulnerable people to contact the consultation section for help and advice.
It is understood that the TMG is working alongside support groups on the ground and with local welfare services.
Homelessness blights all major cities throughout the world including ultra-modern capitals. Thus, the TMG is reaching out during this difficult period for many Tokyoites. Therefore, with many people losing their jobs – or shortened working hours – and other factors including business closures and debt – it is clear that the situation is worse this year.
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