If you and your spouse have a child in Japan, please be sure to follow the procedures outlined in the table below.
When your baby is born, you will need to register the birth at your local municipal/ward office within fourteen days. After you submit the birth notification to the municipal/ward office, a certificate of residence is issued to you. You will need the child’s birth certificate and your “Maternal and Child Health Handbook.”
|Enrollment in National Health Insurance||Enrollment can be completed when submitting the above notification of birth at your municipal/ward office.|
|Acquiring Status of Residence||
If your newborn baby will stay in Japan for more than sixty days, you must apply for a residency permit at your local Immigration Bureau within thirty days of the birth. You will need the following documents:
|Passport||Please ask the embassy/consulate of your country for details.|
You may be eligible for the following assistance programs as well. Please contact your local municipal/ward office for further details.
Lump-Sum Birth Allowance
When a mother is covered under national health insurance, a lump-sum birth allowance is available.
Infant Medical Assistance Program
Reductions on medical expenses for children in preschool are available.
Child allowances are available for children up until they graduate from junior high school.