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Free Choice to Petition Japanese Government for Right to Choose Private Health Insurance in Lieu of Japan's Universal Health Care
Date:9/1/2009

The Free Choice Foundation, an organization of expatriates living in Japan, will exercise their rights under the Japanese Constitution to petition with the government for revision of laws and regulations. They are petitioning for the revision of a new Immigration Bureau guideline, due to go into effect in April 2010, which will require visa renewal applicants to present proof of enrollment in one of the country's social health insurance programs. They will also petition for amendment of the National Health Insurance Law to allow expatriates the right to use private or international health insurance in lieu of Japan's universal health care.

Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) September 1, 2009 -- The Free Choice Foundation, an organization of expatriates living in Japan, will exercise their rights under the Japanese Constitution to petition with the government for revision of laws and regulations. They are petitioning for the revision of a new Immigration Bureau guideline, due to go into effect in April 2010, which will require visa renewal applicants to present proof of enrollment in one of the country's social health insurance programs. They will also petition for amendment of the National Health Insurance Law to allow expatriates the right to use private or international health insurance in lieu of Japan's universal health care.

Many foreigners in Japan work for companies or schools that either do not have social health insurance or refuse to enroll their foreign staffs due to concerns. In such cases, the Immigration Bureau will require those foreigners to enroll in the National Health Insurance, a public health care plan for the self-employed. The National Health Insurance Law states that foreigners holding visas of one year or longer must enroll in the system effective
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