The Pension Book (年金手帳) is a small book that you should receive shortly after arriving in Japan. It should be either orange or blue, and the front should have four kanji that read 年金手帳 (Nenkin Techou). When it comes time for you to apply for your pension refund, you will need to send it in with your application. If your school or contracting organization is holding onto this for you be sure to get this from them before you leave the country.
Lost Pension Book
Although you would think they would have electronic records backing up something as important as your pension, it appears that under no circumstances can you get your pension refunded without this little blue book. If you do misplace your pension book, you can apply to any regional office of the Social Insurance Agency (社会保険事務所) and get a replacement book. A list of the offices in Akita can be found below.
List of Social Insurance Agency branches in Akita
- Akita Social Insurance Agency (秋田社会保険事務局)
- Akita Pension Office (秋田年金事務所)
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