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Any foreigner who satisfies the following requirements can subscribe to the National Health Insurance.
File an application with the National Health Insurance Section of your local municipal office. You need to bring your residence card and a seal. Necessary documents vary by reason of joining the program. Please contact the relevant section in advance.
If your family members wish to subscribe as well, bring their residence card. The amount of your insurance premium depends on which municipality you are living in. So inquire about the premium.
All incorporated establishments based in Japan, such as companies, factories, shops and offices that employ at any times five workers or more are required by law to subscribe to the Employees’ Pension Plan.
Foreign workers are no exception. Your business establishment will carry out the necessary procedure and pay the insurance premiums for you.
Some premium amount can be refunded under the Lump-Sum Withdrawal Pension scheme, if you satisfy the following requirements and if you claim a refund within 2 years after your departure from Japan.
For more information on the necessary procedure, see the website of Japan Pension Service. (https://www.nenkin.go.jp/service/jukyu/sonota-kyufu/dattai-ichiji/20150406.html) You can get an application form there as well.