Health & Pension Terms Glossary

Here are some terms to help you understand health & pension insurances in Japan. Please contact us if you have recommendations for other terms that can be added.

 

Kokumin Kenko Hoken

国民健康保険

National Health Insurance Government health insurance scheme primarily for the unemployed or self-employed. Available from your ward/local city office. Those not enrolled on shakai hoken must also enroll.
Kokumin Nenkin Hoken 国民年金保険 National Pension Insurance Government pension scheme primarily for the unemployed or self-employed. Available from your ward/local city office. Those not enrolled on shakai hoken must also enroll.
Shakai Hoken

社会保険

Employees’ Health & Pension Insurance Consists of both a health insurance and a pension component.
Shigaku Kyousai

私学共催

Private Schools Mutual Aid Society Insurance Similar to shakai hoken but for those working in private schools and universities.
Kara-kikan

カラ期間

No applicable English Exemption for pension payments for the time residing OUTSIDE Japan. Important for those looking to claim a pension after retirement. Conditions apply.
Dattai Ichijikin

脱退一時間

Lump Sum Withdrawal Payment This is the refund system for non-Japanese nationals to receive a refund of pension contributions after leaving Japan. Read more here.

 


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