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University Students Hit by Virus Crisis Get Free Food

University Students Hit by Virus Crisis Get Free Food

   Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Universities in Japan are distributing free food to students who are struggling financially amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
   Many university students are suffering drops in income due to their part-time work being canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.
   In the Tokyo metropolitan area, the initiatives have met waves of students looking to receive such support even after the Japanese government's state of emergency over the coronavirus was lifted in the region late last month. Organizers say that many students are in difficult situations as they will have to wait for a while to get income despite their workplaces reopening following the end of the state of emergency.
   At Tokyo Metropolitan University in Hachioji, Tokyo, a group of teachers has been distributing free food since last month. On May 23, they handed out rice, vegetables and prepared food collected from supporters and bought with donations to some 150 students that came to three distribution sites with their own bags.
   A 23-year-old fourth-year student in the university's law faculty said she came to receive the food after her monthly income fell below 10,000 yen in May from around 50,000 yen in ordinary times. The plunge in the income, used mainly to cover her living expenses, came after she was forced to cut the number of days of working part-time as an condominium building cleaner.

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