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Earlier this year the government announced an economic relief fund as part of measures to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Every resident in Japan was eligible to receive the ¥100,000 payment, but not everybody felt that they needed the money.

Trishit Banerjee, a chemistry masters student at Tohoku University, first moved to Sendai from Mumbai in 2015 to study. Currently on a scholarship program that means his tuition and living expenses are covered, he didn’t feel the financial pinch felt by others due to the pandemic.

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