Doing Business in Japan Part 4 Enrollment in the Japanese Social Insurance System
When starting business in Japan, companies are in principle required to enroll their employees in the Japanese social insurance system. In this News, we will mention some applications and reports related to social insurance which are required for the start of business in Japan.
2.The Japanese social insurance system
The Japanese social insurance system in which companies are responsible for enrolling is classified into the following four categories.
① Health insurance・Long-term care insurance
Health insurance and long-term care insurance cover the expenditures of workers’ medical and long-term cares.
② Pension insurance
Pension insurance is aimed at the payment of pensions or lump-sum related to workers’ old-age, disability, or death.
③ Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance
Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance provides insurance benefits for workers who get injured, become ill due to work or during commuting.
④ Employment insurance
Employment insurance provides benefits (allowance, incentives) for employees who have lost their jobs and stabilizes the employment.
3.Required reports and applications (for companies)
① Application for workplace coverage
This application is required to submit when a new office is established and gets enrolled in the health insurance and pension insurance systems.
② Labor insurance registration from
This form is required to submit when the business concerned is subject to enrolling in the labor insurance system.
③ Labor insurance premium estimate declaration form
This form is aimed at calculating estimated labor insurance premiums and filing, which is required to submit on or after the date of submission of the labor insurance registration form.
④ Report on establishment of office covered by employment insurance
This report is required to submit when the business concerned is subject to enrolling in the employment insurance system
4.Required reports and applications (for employees)
① Application to Enroll in Employees’ Health Insurance / Employees’ Pension Insurance
This application is required to submit when hiring new employees who should be enrolled in the health insurance and pension insurance systems.
② Health Insurance Report of Dependents (change) / National Pension Report related to Insured Category 3
This report is required when employees’ family members apply for coverage, which should be submitted together with the Application to Enroll in Employees’ Health Insurance / Pension Insurance.
③ Application for Enrollment of Employment Insurance
This application is required to submit when a company hires employees who should be covered by employment insurance for the first time.
In this News, we mentioned some notifications for social insurance required for the start of business in Japan. When starting business in Japan, some of the reports or applications mentioned above are required to judge for submission. We have skilled knowledge and experiences in company establishment services and can offer you total social insurance services. Please note that this News only introduces general outlines and does not include professional advice. So please make sure not to make any decisions without taking professional advice individually. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
(References / in English)
Japan Pension Service, “Japanese Health Insurance / Pension Insurance System”
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, “Enrollment in Labor Insurance”