Social Insurance

Share on LinkedIn
Share on Facebook

Japan’s Social Insurance Programs require all residents, regardless of nationality, to pay a specific insurance premium to cover the costs of various life contingencies such as illness, injury, death, unemployment, and so on. The purpose of this insurance program is to provide financial stability for the insured by compensating medical expenses or by providing a pension or lump-sum payment to the insured in the event of need. The law stipulates that all residents in Japan participate in these social insurance programs. If a foreign national satisfies the requirements, he or she must join the social insurance system. As medical expenses are quite high in Japan, all eligible foreign nationals are urged to join the insurance programs without delay.

The social insurance system has four components:

  • Health Insurance, which covers part of your medical expenses
  • Pension Insurance, which provides an income should you lose the ability to work due to age or disability
  • Long-Term Care Insurance, (currently applies only to those people 40 years and older) which provides medical and welfare services according to the individual’s needs when the insured or their families need long term care
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance, which provides compensation for work-related accidents.

Life insurance and non-life insurance are also provided by private insurance companies, whose services may be purchased by individuals or companies if they so wish. In this case, such individuals are excluded from the social insurance programs outlined here.

Your Rights: Pregnancy, Child birth, Maternity Leave

If you’re a working woman and are either thinking about starting a family or are looking for a little financial help or extra time with your young family, there are a number of employment laws and benefits available to assist you.


Your Visa and Japanese Health Insurance

★What’s all the hoo-hah? Updated: March 4, 2010 According to the Immigration Guideline Changes (March 2009), you would be required to present proof of enrolment “social insurance” if you want to renew your visa. So your visa would be linked to enrolment in government-approved health insurance (kokumin kenko hoken, shakai hoken, or shigaku kyosai). Being [...]


Getting Your Pension Back

Are you paying into a Japanese pension scheme? Planning not to be in Japan when its time to claim it? Did you know that foreign nationals that have paid into a National Pension scheme国民年金, the Employees’ Pension Insurance厚生年金, or Kyosai Kumiai共済組合, can receive a lump sum pension refund, known as the “Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment “(dattai [...]


Health Insurance in Japan

There are three kinds of public health insurance in Japan, one of which is the National Health Insurance Program and the other refers to the Work Place Health Insurance System. The law in Japan requires all residents to enroll in one of the above health insurance systems.


Long-Term Care Insurance

The Long-Term Care Insurance System involves the whole of society and is run by the social insurance system to ensure long-term care for elderly. According to their needs people or families needing long term care are able to choose from medical and welfare services.


Japanese Pensions

The National Pension Scheme, Employees’ Welfare Pension Insurance, and Withdrawing from the Pension Program


Worker’s Compensation Insurance

If a worker is injured or incurs illness on the job or during commutes to/from work, by law an employer must provide compensation for medical treatment, time off, and annuities when applicable.