Contribution period of Japanese pensions planned to extend? How will it change non-Japanese contributors?

Government starts considering a plan to extend Japanese pension’s contribution period, but still not certain whether or not to get implemented The news like “contribution period of Japanese Kokumin Nenkin (National Pension) is to get extended by 5 years, to age 64” was reported (See the link below). According to it, Ministry of Health Labor… Read More »

Is it true that Nenkin Techo (Pension Handbook) is abolished?

From April 2022 Nenkin Techo is no more issued and JPS issues its alternative Japan Pension Service (JPS) had issued Nenkin Techo (年金手帳, Pension Handbook) to every member of Japanese pension systems, Kokumin Nenkin and Kosei Nenkin. However, from 2022 they don’t issue Nenkin Techo anymore, and instead they issue Kiso Nenkin Bango Tsuchisho (基礎年金番号通知書),… Read More »

How many months does it take to receive Japanese pension refund?

3-4 months at minimum but possibly longer You can submit claiming papers of your Japanese lump-sum pension refund (Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments) to Japan Pension Service (日本年金機構) just after you delete your Japanese address. For topics about how to delete your Japanese address please see this article of our blog. After Japan Pension Service receive your… Read More »

Can family members claim their deceased person’s pension refund?

Only persons who are alive can claim their pension refund Japanese pension refunds (lump-sum withdrawal payments) can be claimed by contributors themselves only. If a contributor passes away after he/she leaves Japan, then his /her family members have no qualification to claim the deceased contributor’s pension refund. But if a deceased person has a qualification… Read More »

Can you receive your pension refund by a favorable currency?

Each country has a designated currency for international transfer, that cannot be changed Japanese pension refunds (Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments) are transferred internationally via Mitsubishi UFJ bank on behalf of the government. Each country has a designated currency for transfers from Japan, that cannot be changed. The relationship between country and transferring currency is shown on… Read More »