Good news if you're worried about the possibility of your visa renewal being denied due to your lack of national health insurance coverage:
The Immigration Bureau is planning to change a new guideline for foreign residents to ease concerns that those without social insurance will be forced to choose between losing their visa and entering the insurance system, a bureau official said Monday.
"The bureau will delete item No. 8 by the end of March, and 'lightly mention' the need to present a health insurance card in the introductory passage of the guideline," Immigration Bureau spokesman Yoshikazu Iimura told The Japan Times. "The wording will be in a manner to eliminate foreign residents' concerns that their visas won't be renewed if they don't have insurance."
So now the Immigration Bureau will "lightly mention" that you should be
enrolled in shakai hoken or kokumin kenko hoken. Curiously, the article passes off the change as a victory:
Foreigners and their supporters have protested the new
guideline as an infringement on freedom of choice.
However, the deletion of Guideline 8 is in no way a victory for free choice. It's worth restating that nobody is being denied healthcare. It is your right to enroll in SK or KKK. You need to claim that right by asking your employer to enroll you in shakai hoken or enrolling yourself in kokumin kenko hoken.