【For annual income limited to 5.4 million yen or less】 You can get a subsidy when you get married in Japan.

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Do you know the Japanese marriage subsidy system?  Marriage subsidy is a system implemented by the national government to financially support newly-married households as a countermeasure against the declining birthrate.  If you meet the conditions, you will receive a subsidy to cover the expenses associated with your new life due to marriage.  In this article, I will explain in an easy-to-understand manner the outline of the marriage subsidy, how to apply, eligibility and necessary documents, points to note when applying. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends.

What is a marriage subsidy?

Marriage subsidy is actually a subsidy system that is not well recognized by Japanese people.  First of all, I will explain in detail about the marriage subsidy, the outline, the amount of money you can receive, the target expenditure, etc.

Overview of marriage subsidy

The marriage subsidy that supports the new life of two newly married couples is officially called the “marriage new life support project cost subsidy”(結婚新生活支援事業 / けっこん しんせいかつ しえん じぎょう).  This system started in 2018 and aims to support the lives of newlyweds as one of the measures against the declining birthrate.  It is a Japanese policy to provide financial assistance and create an economic environment for young people who cannot get married for financial reasons so that they can get married at the desired age.

Amount of money you can get

The maximum amount of money you can get from a marriage subsidy is 600,000 yen per household.  One-third of the marriage subsidy is subsidized by the local government, and the remaining two-thirds is subsidized by the national government.

Target spending

It’s important to note that not all marriage costs are subsidized by the New Marriage Support Program.  The subsidy is limited to the cost of living in a new house and the cost of moving.

The housing expenses for a new house are (1) the purchase cost of the new house, one month’s rent for the new house, one month’s deposit / key money and common service fee, and the brokerage fee.  The moving cost is (2) the cost for the moving company and the carrier, and the cost for packing, and the total amount of (1) and (2) is the target.  Since the subsidy rate is 50%, half of the applied amount will be subsidized.

For example, if the monthly rent for a new house is 100,000 yen and the moving cost is 100,000 yen, you can receive 100,000 yen, which is half of the 200,000 yen, as a marriage subsidy.

How to apply for a marriage subsidy

Marriage grants can be received if you apply for and are accepted by the municipality in which you live.  In this article, I will explain how to apply, such as the documents required to apply for a marriage grant and when to apply.

Required documents

Various documents are required to apply for a marriage subsidy.  The required documents vary depending on the municipality where you live, so it is a good idea to check the website of the municipality or contact the municipality.
The main required documents are as follows.

  • Subsidy grant application and invoice
    You can get it at the counter of the local government.
  • A copy of the family register after marriage
    You can get it issued at the counter of the local government or convenience store for a few hundred yen.
  • Resident’s document after enrollment
    You can get it issued at the counter of the local government or convenience store for a few hundred yen.
  • Household income certificate
    You can get it issued at the counter of the local government or convenience store for a few hundred yen.
    Documents certifying income for one year (January to December)
  • Documents about new house
    Rental contract, etc.
  • Documents certifying that there is no delinquency in city prefectural tax
    Tax payment certificate.
    You can get it issued at the counter of the local government or convenience store for a few hundred yen.
  • Receipt of new housing expenses and moving expenses
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These documents can often be downloaded from the homepage of the local government, so it is recommended to prepare them in advance.  Of course, you can also arrange at the window of the local government.

Application destination

Marriage subsidies are a national system of Japan, but the application is made at the counter of the municipality where the bride and groom live.  Since the counter differs depending on the municipality, it is better to check in advance for smoother procedures.  I think you should ask at the general information center of the local government.

Application time

The application period for marriage subsidy varies depending on the municipality.  Some local governments are recruiting for the entire year (April to March of the following year), while others have deadlines.  Also, since it is a yearly subsidy system, please be careful not to cross the year for marriage and moving.  This applies to couples who live in the target municipality and have newly submitted a marriage registration, regardless of the municipality.

Points to note when applying for a marriage subsidy

Marriage subsidy is not available to all married couples, and certain conditions must be met in order to receive the subsidy.  Here are some points to keep in mind when applying for a marriage grant.

Not all local governments can receive it

Marriage new life support projects are not implemented in all local governments.  As of November 1, 2021, 289 municipalities were targeted, accounting for only 15% of all municipalities.  Before considering your application, you need to find out if your municipality has a marriage grant program.

List of target local governments for marriage new life support project

Age and income conditions

Eligibility for marriage grants includes age and income restrictions.  If the marriage date is 39 years old or younger and the combined income of the couple is less than 5.4 million yen, it is eligible.
* Income refers to the amount of annual income (total amount paid) minus various taxes.

Paid expenses are eligible

Marriage grants cannot be applied in advance.  Therefore, after the marriage and moving are completed, you need to apply with the receipt.

There are some costs that are not covered even for moving costs

The cost of moving to a new house is covered by the subsidy.  However, please note that if you move by yourself using a rental car without asking a moving company, you will not be eligible for the subsidy.  In addition, the cost of disposing of disused items incurred due to moving is not covered.  In addition, the purchase cost of furniture used in a new house is not covered.

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The “marriage new life support project cost subsidy system” started as a measure to counter the declining birthrate of the country.  The number of local governments that can apply is limited, but if the area you live in is targeted, please make good use of the subsidy.  And how about celebrating the beginning of their new life with the reduced amount of money?

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