- Mid to long term residents who will stay in Japan for at least 3 months and are over the age of 20 must register in the Japan Pension Service after completing their Notification (Change) of Place of Residence procedures.
- Mid to long term residents will receive a Pension Handbook, a small blue notebook, in the mail following their address registration.
- People registered in the system must make monthly payments. The monthly payments are based on the income the person received the previous year.
- The Municipal Office where you registered your address manages your Japanese Pension.
- Go to your local Municipal Office to confirm your Japan Pension Status.
Payment ExemptionsInternational students and researchers who do not receive a salary may qualify for payment exemptions.
International students will need to file a Special Payment System for Students application.
International researchers will need to file a Contribution Payment Exemption System application.
The Municipal Office accepts payment exemption requests for the following periods:
Past payments: due within 2 years of the date of the application
Future payments: due up to June of the following year.
After submitting the exemption request the Municipal Office will submit your request to the Japan Pension Service.
The Japan Pension Service will review applications and notify the Municipal Office of the result and the Municipal Office will notify applicants of the results.
ProceduresPresent the following items to the Municipal Office’s National Pension department:
Individual (My) Number Card
Japanese Pension Book
Juntendo University ID or Enrollment Certificate
Corresponding application, available at the Municipal Office
Lump-sum Withdrawal PaymentsInternational researchers and faculty members who have had the Japanese pension coverage periods for six months or longer may apply for withdrawal payments if they leave Japan.
Mid to long term residents who withdraw from the system will not retain the benefits of the coverage in the case they return to Japan.
The amount of money available for return is dependent on the length of coverage.