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Virus Relief Program Caught Up in Acts of Dishonesty

Virus Relief Program Caught Up in Acts of Dishonesty

   Tokyo, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Businesses preparing documents required for a coronavirus relief program of the Japanese government in exchange for a hefty commission fee are attracting clients via social media.
   Many such businesses are asking for contingency fees after the cash benefits are paid to smaller companies and freelancers hit hard by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
   Some have even hinted at fabricating the documents so that the clients will receive the maximum amount of the benefits.
   Under the program, sole proprietors will receive up to 1 million yen each and smaller companies up to 2 million yen.
   Warning that simplified application procedures designed to speed up payments may have become a breeding ground for misconduct, an expert stresses the need for a stricter monitoring system.

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