Expats In Japan Could Struggle To Claim Welfare

By Haruna Kobayashi, for ExpatBriefing.com 29 July, 2014

Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that foreign expats in Japan that have permanent residency status are not automatically entitled to welfare assistance.

The judgment means that although local municipalities can continue to make discretionary payments to permanent residents as an "administrative measure," they are under no obligation to do so. This is the case even if the applicant has a record of having paid taxes and social security premiums in Japan.

The ruling reverses a decision of the Fukuoka High Court concerning an elderly woman of Chinese nationality who had been born and raised in Japan. The woman had made an application for welfare assistance at her local municipal office but had been turned down on the grounds that she had savings.

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