Japanese politician wants child allowance reduced

Japanese politician wants child allowance reduced

Toshimitsu Motegi, the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said the income limit for parents to receive child allowances should be removed to support the growth of all children.

The child allowance system is being looked at by the government.

Motegi said that he was speaking at a House of Representatives interpellation on Wednesday, that allowances for households with many children should be positively considered. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the most effective investment towards the future is to implement policies related to children and child-rearing. Kishida stopped short of suggesting concrete plans for the expansion of the system.

The income limit is being repealed by the coalition partner, Komeito. Members of the LDP have suggested increasing the monthly allowance to a maximum of 30,000 for a second child and to a maximum of 60,000 for a third and subsequent child.

In principle, 10,000 to 15,000 children are paid per month for each child up to junior high school age. The allowance is reduced to 5,000 if the family's main breadwinner earns 9.6 million or more annually.

Households with an annual income of 12 million or more are not eligible.