The Japanese social security system is designed to ensure Japan´s population is provided with basic services and care. It provides:
- Health and nursing insurance
- Employment insurance
- Employees´ pension insurance
- Workers´accident compensation insurance
Employers as well as employees are required to pay into the system. Employers match employees´ payments and the government funds the rest of the system´s costs. Employees pay about 12% of their annual salary into the system.
Foreigners who are registered and pay into the social security system have access to the same care and support as their Japanese co-workers. Illegal workers, who are neither registered with the government nor pay into the system, are not eligible for social security benefits.
For a more detailed breakdown of Japanese social security, visit the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).