Universities are set to subsidize online classes amid the nationwide state of emergency called over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo said it will disburse ¥50,000 to each of its 12,000 students to help them purchase adequate internet connections and computer gear as the school gears up for a switch to distance learning for the spring semester, which began on Monday.

Kanagawa University in Yokohama said it is providing the same stipend to its 18,000 students in preparation for conducting online classes from May 11.