A bill to provide up to ¥5,000 to low-income pensioners and disabled people was approved Tuesday by the Cabinet.
The government aims to get the bill through the Diet soon so the law can be enforced in October 2015, when the consumption tax is raised to 10 percent.
The benefit has already been included in an agreement between the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito in connection with comprehensive reforms of the social security and tax system.
The change would benefit around 7.9 million people, including 5 million who are 65 or older whose annual income, including their pension, is less than ¥770,000.
The payment would also be made to around 1.8 million low-income people who receive basic disability benefits.
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