City Litter Ordinance in Effect
Citizens and business owners have joined with city administration in an
effort to keep Oita a clean and beautiful city. The “Oita City Litter Ordinance”
sets rules that prevent littering, including cigarette butts, drink containers
and animal waste. It also prohibits smoking in certain public areas.
The ordinance applies not only to residents, but also to students, visitors,
commuters, and all people visiting Oita city.
(Within city limits)
of cigarette butts is prohibited
waste must be properly disposed of
(Enforcement area only)
is prohibited in public areas (except at designated smoking areas)
◎The ordinance is effective January 1, 2007
Within the enforcement area, individuals found in violation, such as smoking
or littering cigarette butts, will first be given a warning,
then fined \2,000 if the violation is not corrected.
Outside the enforcement area, individuals will first be given a warning.
If the violation is not corrected, the individual’s name and details of the offense will be made public.
<Drink Containers, etc.>
Cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, other containers(including contents,
caps, lids), chewing gum, wastepaper, wrapping paper, and any other items
considered to be trash when thrown away.
Streets, parks, plazas, rivers and other shared public spaces
□Enforcement area ●Designated smoking areas
Please join the National Pension when you turn 20
All individuals between the ages of 20 and 60 must join the National Pension
Plan, regardless of nationality.
Because of this, some foreigners would be required to join both the pension
systems of their home country and Japan, thus paying premiums for both
systems. However, the Social Security Agreement allows individuals from
Germany, the U.K., Korea, the U.S., and Belgium, to remain enrolled only
in the pension systems of their home countries, as long as certain procedures
In the case of a student whose income is lower than a certain level, payments
may be postponed by the “Special Pension Payment Exemption for Students.”
Any person that has completed resident registration or alien registration
in Oita city should apply at the Pension Plan Office, a city hall branch
office, Akeno district office, Hon Kamizaki Office, or Isshakuya Office.
Company employees and civil servants, however, do not need to apply, as
their employer will handle the application for employee and mutual pensions.
●National Pension Plan Types and Application Procedures
National Pension Plan coverage is divided into the 3 following categories.
Application procedures for each category follows after.
(1) Category 1 - Individuals living in Japan between the ages of 20 and 60 that do not fall into category 2 or 3.
◎Applications must be made in person at the pension plan office of the individual’s resident town.
※Foreign individuals falling into category 1 should first complete alien registration, then apply at the pension plan office of the same location.
(2) Category 2 – Individuals that are employed, and are enrolled in an employee pension plan.
◎Enrollment will be handled by the employer. No application is required.
(3) Category 3 – Spouses that are supported by individuals in category 2, and are between the ages of 20 and 60. (dependent spouse)
◎Applications must be carried out via the employer of the supporting spouse.
●Monthly premiums are \15,040. (April 2013 - March 2014)
●When paying premiums is not possible
When low income or other circumstances prevent payment of premiums, a
petition may be made for exemption or student pension payment deferment.
●National Pension Plan Payments(2013)
(1) Basic Pension for the Elderly – Eligible in principal to individuals over 65, who have paid pension premiums for at least 25 years.
◎Yearly benefits \778,500 (in the case that premiums are paid for 40 years)
(2) Basic Pension for the Disabled – Eligible to enrolled individuals that acquire a disability of first or second-degree due to an unforeseen illness or injury.
◎First-degree yearly benefits \973,100 Second-degree yearly benefits \778,500
(3) Basic Pension for the Bereaved – Eligible to surviving family (wives that have children, or the children themselves) of a husband, if deceased while enrolled.
◎Yearly benefits \1,002,500 (in the case of a wife and one child)
※Base benefits \778,500 + additional benefits \224,000
Additional benefits vary according to number of children.
※Eligibility for disability benefits and bereavement benefits requires certain pension payment conditions to be fulfilled.
●Lump-sum Withdrawal Refunds
Foreigners that have not fulfilled the minimum requirements to receive
basic pension for the elderly may claim, within 2 years of leaving Japan,
a lump-sum refund based on the number of months premiums were paid.
(6 months of premium payment is the minimum required for eligibility)
◎For more information, contact the Social Insurance Office.
Oita City National Health Insurance and Pensions Department
Pension Plan Office
Japan's Health Care System
All people in Japan, regardless of nationality, are required to have some
form of medical insurance, so that treatment from a doctor is always available.
National Health Insurance is an important system run by each city, town
and village, that provides health coverage to those who are not enrolled
in a company health insurance program.
Residents of Oita City that do not fall into one of the following groups
must apply for National Health Insurance.
1. Persons covered by Health Insurance (either Government-run Health Insurance
or Employee’s Health Insurance) or Seamen’s Insurance, and their dependents.
2. Members of mutual aid associations (such as civil servants) and their
3. Persons covered by the National Health Insurance Society.
4. Persons receiving welfare benefits.
Please contact the National Health Insurance and Pensions Department for