The National Health Insurance (Kokumin Kenko Hoken 国民健康保険) is a nationwide insurance program funded by policyholder's premiums. Local government offices are in charge of its administration. All international students living in Japan for 3 months or longer (including family members) are required to enroll in this program. By paying a premium and presenting the insurance card, policyholders will only have to bear 30% of the expenses required for medical treatment and/or hospitalization. Family members also enrolled in the program receive a substantial discount. NHI can be applied for at the National Health Insurance Section of your local City/Town Hall.
An extended range of medical needs, including some types of dental treatment, chronic diseases and childbirth that may not be covered by general overseas travelers' personal accident insurance
Standard tests, e.g. x-rays and blood texts
Certificate of studying period/student registration, or a letter certifying your research schedule
Seal (Inkan; your signature may be accepted)
Those whose income during the previous year is lower than the standard may be eligible for a partial reduction of the premium. Please ask for further details at the National Health Insurance Section of your local City/Town Hall.
Any change in your personal details has to be reported within 14 days, and notice to terminate the policy has to be given before you leave Japan.