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Living in Japan
Contents:
1.Currency and cost of living
2. Cost of study
3. Living expenses
4. Accommodation
5. Guarantor
6. Part-time Work
7. Expenses for medical treatment
7. Expenses for medical treatment
  The law stipulates that international students staying in Japan for a year or longer should enroll in the National Health Insurance system. Subscribers to the National Health Insurance system have to pay only 20% to 30% of medical expenses for any treatment covered by the insurance. Expenses for medical treatment not covered by the insurance must be paid in full. Enrollment procedures are carried out at the local ward or municipal office, and payments are made monthly. The premium varies by area, and students without a source of income while in Japan usually pay a reduced premium.

  The AIEJ International Student Medical Expenses Reimbursement Program offers an additional refund (maximum 80%) of part of the medical expenses incurred (excluding expenses for medical treatment not covered by the National Health Insurance system). Accordingly, using the National Health Insurance system and AIEJ's reimbursement program, an international student will only have to pay a minimum of 6% of a medical bill for any treatment covered by the insurance.

  Should a student have to see a doctor as an outpatient, the charge for prescribed medicine will be covered by AIEJ's International Student Medical Fee Reimbursement.


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