Voices | VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Will you help stimulate the economy with your share of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s cash handout?

by Louisa Chan

Miyuki Smallacombe
Housewife, 30
My family will get around ¥65,000. We’ll save it for our future. With the way the economy is, there’s no guarantee from the government that we’ll get a pension when we retire.

Rodney Gray
Student, 32 (ineligible)
I would take a trip somewhere nearby. I really like hot springs. I recently went to Atami, which was really relaxing. I want to see more of Japan.

Kayo Hoshida
Retired
I’ll use it to visit my son and daughter-in-law in Nagoya. They moved recently and my husband hasn’t been to their new apartment yet, so we’ll take a trip there.

Hideyuki Hagiwara
Internet staff, 35
My hobby is collecting old records. I have over 3,000. I’ll use the money to add to my collection. I can get some for as little as ¥20 in secondhand shops in Ikebukuro.

Anna Olfsson
Commodities (ineligle)
There’s a lot of good food in Japan. I’d like to try a Michelin restaurant in Tokyo. I’ve heard they’re very good. I’d go for a really nice teppanyaki, sushi or sashimi dinner.

Kentaro Sugata
Engineer, 26
I like socializing and playing golf, so I’ll use the bonus for those things. I’ll go for a nice night out drinking with my friends and also to the golf range to improve my technique.