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|I am going to have a baby. How much will it cost in Japan? Is there any public assistance system in Japan?|
|Where and how can I get a copy of the Mother and Child Health Handbook?|
|We are a foreign married couple staying in Japan on a work visa. Since we have had a baby, please tell us the necessary procedure for our baby.|
I am going to have a baby. How much will it cost in Japan? Is there any public assistance system in Japan?
| Your National Health Insurance cannot be used for a normal delivery.
Generally speaking, it costs 300 to 400 thousand yen to deliver a baby
in Japan (the Insurance can be used for an abnormal delivery).
New mothers have to pay the entire childbirth cost at the checkout window of a medical facility. Some part of this cost is refunded to a subscriber (spouse acceptable) to the National Health Insurance or Social Insurance as Lump Sum Allowance for Childbirth and Nursing and the like.
Subscribers to the National Health Insurance must file a notification with the local municipal office. The necessary items are as follows.
If an expecting mother cannot gather sufficient money for the childbirth, she may apply at her local Social Welfare Office for the Childbirth with Hospitalization Assistance system. This system exempts all medical costs for mother and infant during hospitalization or keeps the costs low at hospitals designated by municipal governments. For this assistance, there are no restrictions as to nationality and status of residence.
Where and how can I get a copy of the Mother and Child Health Handbook?
| File a form of Notification of Pregnancy with the Health center in your
local area (Public Health Centers for the city of Nagoya, Okazaki, Toyota,
Tohoyashi) and receive a free copy of the Mother and Child Health Handbook.
The required documents are as follows.
Any pregnant woman is entitled to a copy of the Mother and Child Health Handbook, irrespective of her nationality, her status of residence, or whether she is a registered alien.
Also, since you are not required to present your passport, you do not have to worry about being identified to immigration authorities. Therefore, even if you are overstaying your visa, you can be issued with a copy of the Handbook.
We are a foreign married couple staying in Japan on a work visa. Since we have had a baby, please tell us the necessary procedure for our baby.
| The nationality of your baby depends on the nationality of the baby’s
father or mother. If both father and mother are foreigners, their baby
is also a foreigner, and the following procedure is required.