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National Pension

The National Pension system is operated by the country and supported by intergenerational efforts to support the life of Japanese residents who retire, become disabled due to an accident or illness, or lose the person who had been supporting their household. All people between the age of 20 and 59 who live in Japan are obligated to enroll in the system. 

Those who are eligible to enroll in National Pension

Those who are 20 years of age or older and under 60 and are registered as residents in Japan, including foreigners, are eligible to enroll. 

Procedures to enroll

The application to enroll is processed at the reception desk of the municipality where you are registered as a resident.

Those working at Japanese companies, etc., should be enrolled in employees’ pension insurance, and the procedures for enrollment are handled at the company where you are employed, therefore, eliminating the need to enroll again at the municipality office. 

Premium for the National Pension

You pay the premium until you turn 60 years of age. The premium is a fixed amount. 

Payment methods

Please make payments at a financial institution, post office, or convenience store by the due date according to the payment slip the Japan Pension Service sends. You may also pay by bank transfer or by credit card.

※Payment is not accepted at the City reception desk. 

Premiums can be deducted from your income taxes

The premium you paid can be deducted as social insurance payment from your earned income and special City resident taxes and Tokyo resident taxes. Please report this when filing your income taxes, resident taxes, or processing your year-end adjustments. 

Inquiries

Ikebukuro Pension Office, Japan Pension Service Tel: 03-3988-6011 

If you are having problems paying the premium

There is a system where your premium is exempt if paying it becomes difficult due to reasons such as having low income or job loss. Please inquire at the reception desk.

  • Payment extension system: For those under 50 years of age
  • Special provisions for student payment: For students 20 years of age or older
  • Legal exemption system: Those receiving disability pension (Grade 1 or 2)

Inquiries

National Pension Group, Medical Treatment for the Elderly and Pension Section Tel: 03-3981-1954

Payment of National Pension

Basic pension for the elderly

As a general rule, those who have fulfilled the eligibility period of 25 years or more can start receiving it from 65 years of age.

Other pensions

There are other pensions such as the basic pension for the disabled, which is provided in case the enrollee in the national pension becomes disabled, and the basic pension for the bereaved, which is provided to the survivors (children and spouses) in case the enrollee or the person who was eligible to receive the basic pension for elderly dies. Payments will only be made in the case that certain eligibility requirements are met.

Inquiries

National Pension Group, Medical Treatment for the Elderly and Pension Section Tel: 03-3981-1952

Lump-sum payment in case of withdrawal

This is paid out to short-stay foreigners who have paid the premium for 6 months or more and who return to their home country without receiving the pension.

Inquiries

Ikebukuro Pension Office, Japan Pension Service Tel: 03-3988-6011

更新日:2016年10月28日