All JET Programme participants are covered with four types of insurance. Three of these are compulsory insurances set by the Japanese government. The fourth type is a special private policy for JET Programme participants.
Public insurances, compulsory according to the Japanese Law:
Private Insurance (for JET Programme participants only):
Mutual aid membership cards should be carried at all times. Coverage may be refused for individuals not carrying their card. For illness and injuries, members and dependents of members will receive coverage of: 70% of medical expenses for those between the start compulsory education and 69 years old, 80% for children below the age of compulsory education, and 80% for those between 70 and 74 years old (70% for those with income comparable to current workforce). Medical care benefits include medical examination, provision of medicines or medical care supplies, emergency treatment, surgery and other medical treatment, in-home medical care, hospitalisation and nursing. The beneficiary of this insurance is thus covered in case of illness or injury, death or birth.
Note: The above information is collated from the Mutual Aid Association of Prefectural Government Personnel website. Benefits may vary by mutual aid association, so please ask your contracting organization for the most up-to-date details.
Enrollment in this policy is a legal requirement. It will provide for JET Programme participants or the family of JET Programme participants in the event that they are seriously injured or die during the period when payments are being made into the policy. After leaving Japan, participants are entitled to apply for a partial refund of the money they paid into the pension insurance.
JET Programme participants working in Japan must enter the employment insurance scheme, regardless of nationality. It is possible for people who have joined this insurance policy and who fulfill the necessary requirements to receive unemployment benefits.
For more information about the JET Program Accident Insurance, please refer to the pages below.