• Kamogawa, Chiba


If one is a regular employee, enrollment in national health insurance is mandatory and virtually no one escapes deduction from pay. If one is part time — fewer than 30 hours a week — self-employed, contracted, unemployed or with a small company that does not follow the rules, not enrolling in the kokumin kenko hoken program for these groups is risky.

I regret making the “Go home” remark in my Oct. 11 letter (directed at foreigners who find their circumstances in Japan unacceptable) but with a caveat: I think there is an attitude that the world should speak English and that’s naive. For one not to look into national or municipal health insurance options upon choosing to work in Japan is also naive.

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