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August 04, 2009

Campaign launched in opposition to the plan to tie visa renewal to being registered for government health insurance

images-2.jpegA campaign has begun to rally foreign residents to oppose the government's plan to insist that all foreign residents join the government health scheme. Foreign residents are being asked to sign a petition.

The campaign's website states: 'Foreigners living and working in Japan should be allowed the right to choose their mode of health care - whether the doctors they choose to visit and the health insurance they choose to buy are parts of the social medical system or private health care.'

Many foreign residents, especially those who are not planning to stay in Japan indefinitely, are very concerned that they will be obliged to switch to an insurance scheme that does not take into account their particular needs as much as some private schemes do. They are also concerned that they will have to make two-year back payments if they do switch to government insurance.

The campaign's website and the petition can be viewed by clicking here.

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