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Japan is vying for skilled expats and its healthcare system is alluring

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

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