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Osaka mistakenly pays one-off coronavirus cash handout to same person twice

Osaka City Hall (Mainichi/Yukiko Hayashi)

OSAKA -- The Osaka Municipal Government announced on July 3 that it had mistakenly paid the one-off 100,000-yen coronavirus relief payment to the same person twice.

The announcement came a day after the city government reported that it had paid another group of residents the handout twice by mistake.

In the latest blunder, the city failed to carry out thorough checks in the payment process and paid an additional 100,000 yen to a person who had already received the handout. It said the person had the same name as the intended recipient.

Osaka had commissioned a joint venture formed by Toppan Printing Co. and travel agency giant JTB Corp. to handle procedures regarding the cash handouts for about 1.6 billion yen (around $14.9 million). Officials say the city will instruct the contractor to boost the number of staff involved in the project.

(Japanese original by Kensuke Yaoi, Osaka City News Department)

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