Change in National Health Insurance
NHI was available for those holding permit to stay in Japan longer than 1 year. This changed from July 9th – NHI is now available for people who are holding permit less than 1year (except visitor visa or short-term visa holders).
NHI is accepted by most hospitals and clinics all over Japan. Hopefully this will help patients who are staying here less than 1 year to receive insurance-covered care. NHI premiums are often said to be expensive, but people who are staying in Japan less than 1 year are recommended to check how much you are paying for private medical insurance and compare the premiums you need to pay to join NHI.
To join, please visit NHI section of your local ward office or city hall.