If you are a foreign student or you are not receiving any income, please be sure to go to the National Health Insurance and Pension Division on the third floor of the Sakura Branch Office of City Hall to declare your income as zero as soon as possible. Students (and others who have no income) should do this between April and June *every year*, the earlier the better. If you forget to do this, you may get put into the wrong category and get billed the same amount as someone with a salary. If you have been here for more than one year and you haven't declared your income by June, you will be sent a letter (in Japanese) asking you to do so. It is best to go to the city hall before this letter arrives so that the calculations are done accurately this year.
If you have a full-time job, you will receive health benefits through your employer (shakai hoken). If you do not have a job (for example, if you are a student), you will be covered by the National Health Insurance Plan (kokuho). You must complete your alien registration and sign up for the insurance plan at the City Hall as soon as you arrive in Tsukuba.
If you are planning on leaving Tsukuba, please inform the National Health Insurance and Pension Division of the City Hall. You will be asked to submit forms for withdrawing from the National Health Insurance Plan if any of the following conditions are met.
National Health Insurance and Pension Division,
City of Tsukuba
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