TOKYO—It is not a wonderful time to be jogging a lodge in Japan, given that nearly all international travelers are barred from traveling to the country. But the proprietor of a standard Kobe warm-springs inn experienced no dilemma receiving a personal loan for renovations.

It is aspect of Japan’s latest freewheeling experiment in opening the financial faucets. Bank lending is climbing at a file speed thanks to no-interest financial loans for little firms that are backed by a community assure.

Using the government’s relief method for little and midsize companies strike by the coronavirus pandemic, banking companies have extended the equivalent of much more than $250 billion in loans in considerably less than six months, in accordance to the Tiny and Medium Company Company.

“We can make aggressive investments thanks to the loans,” mentioned Kazushige Kanai, proprietor of the Gosho Bessho inn, who borrowed an undisclosed total from 3 financial institutions. The cash will go towards finishing his program to have non-public scorching-spring tubs in every of his inn’s 10 rooms, a distinct attraction now for attendees who are anxious about social distancing in the communal bathtub.

Relative to the size of its overall economy, Japan’s system is even larger than the most important U.S. pandemic-aid system for small company, the Paycheck Protection Program, which sent much more than 5 million financial loans totaling $525 billion.