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It’s good news for expats who are wanting to move to Asia for work. Japan is planning to lure more expats to combat its ageing community and shrinking birth rate. The Japanese government is planning to reveal the full extent of the plan later in the year, but are looking for skilled foreigners particularly in the construction field. The plan for economic stimulation may be in part for the preparation of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Expatriate medical insurance will be needed especially considering the new plans and regulations that have been set up to entice foreign workers. Highly skilled expats can now obtain residency in Japan a lot easier. The time period to get permanent visas used to be five years but is now being cut down to three. Job training programmes designed for expats is also being extended.
There were an estimated 2 million foreigners working in Japan by the end of 2012 and British expats for example, can now work for up to a year on a working holiday visa as long as they are aged between eighteen and twenty-five. The bulk of expats are making up the language, IT and modelling sectors in the country but the government is pushing for workers in the construction industry.
It should be a stress free experience for expats planning to move to the country in regards to international travel health insurance, as Japan is highly regarded in conjunction with its advanced level in medicine and medical expertise. Expat health insurance is needed, as upon arriving to a hospital or clinic for the first time you will most likely be required to fill out a registration form and present your health insurance card. Sometimes a fee for the initial visit may be requested.
It is always advised to double check what type of expat health insurance they accept and some medical facilities even accept National Health Insurance. Although family doctors aren’t the norm in Japan, speciality clinics which are usually conveniently located are easy alternatives for walk-in regular check-ups.
All Japanese residents, including expats who have an address in the country are required to join a Japanese Health Insurance system regardless of any private insurance, because they will only be obliged to pay up to 30% of any medical fee.
There is a spreading fear among the local people that they may lose their jobs but in order to achieve the country’s advancement, it has been calculated that an estimated ten million immigrants will be needed over the next fifty years, making a great opportunity for expats wanting to move to Asia.
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