People who are 20 years old or older are required to pay the National Pension System contributions every month in general. However, there is the “Special Payment System for Students” to postpone contribution payments for students whose income is less than a certain amount upon application.
By using this system, you can ensure that you can receive not only future pension payments but also your qualification to receive the Disability Basic Pension in case of injury due to an accident, etc.
(*Note that you cannot use the Additional Pension Plan or the National Pension Fund if you use this system. You cannot join the Additional Pension Plan or the National Pension Fund by retroactively making payments for past payments.)
Everyone living in Japan becomes an insured person of the National Pension System when they turn 20 years old and is required to pay the contributions. However, there is the “Special Payment System for Students” for students, which allows them to postpone the contribution payments during school upon application. This targets students whose income is less than a certain amount.
JPS counter in the municipal office of your resident registration or a nearby JPS branch office
*Waseda University is not one of the “applicable schools of Special Payment System for Students,” so you cannot apply through the university.
You can download the document from the Japan Pension Service website.
*Upon application, you need a copy of your Student ID (copy of the backside is also required if the expiration date, school year, and date of enrollment are on the backside) indicating the period of attendance or Certificate of Enrollment (original).
For application details, check the latest information on the Japan Pension Service website and JPS branch offices.
(The information above is a partial excerpt from the Japan Pension Service website as of September 2020)
For inquiries regarding National Pension, contact the JPS counter in the municipal office of your resident registration or a nearby JPS branch office.