Sustainable benefit: I can't get the founding store ... May 8 16:14

A "sustaining benefit" has been started to be paid up to 2 million yen to small and medium-sized enterprises affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. However, some business owners are still in a difficult situation because they have just started and cannot compare with the sales of last year, so they cannot apply for sustainable benefit.

Riki Matsunaga (42), who runs a restaurant in Nerima Ward, Tokyo. I took over a store that has been in business for over 30 years from my sick father and started a new company that I would represent, but in March the following year, a declaration of emergency was issued.

It is said that the company is forced to take a leave due to customer service, and currently there is no sales at the store, but the salary and rent of employees exceeds 1 million yen per month, which means that the business situation is severe.

Mr. Matsunaga also wanted to apply for a sustainable benefit, but the target of the benefit is that the sales in the month decreased by 50% or more from the same month last year, so the store was in the name of his father. It means that they cannot compare and cannot apply.

Mr. Matsunaga said, "I think that the system was designed by the government, but I really hope that we can establish a system that will help us in an emergency."