For Japan, the agreement includes taxes on social security (including, in some cases, the Japanese part of health insurance) and social security benefits for old-age pensions, disability and survivors. It does not cover the national pension fund and the pension fund for workers who are company pension funds whose participation and contributions are voluntary. The agreement also does not cover the Local Assembly Members` Pension Plan, which is an additional pension plan for local public servants. The agreement also does not apply to the old-age pension or other Japanese non-contributory allowances, as needed, paid on the basis of general revenue. Self-employed persons who would have to pay social security contributions to both countries in the absence of social security tax are subject to special rules (see table below). If you do not wish to assert the right to benefits, but if you would like more information about the agreement, write to: The certificate of coverage you receive from one country indicates the date of entry into force of your exemption from the payment of social security taxes in the other country. In general, this is the date you started working in the other country, but not before the date the agreement came into force. Under the agreement, Japan will exempt personnel sent by China, crew members, cabin crew, diplomatic and consular staff and officials working in the country from the obligation to pay two large local pensions, while China will do the same for its Japanese colleagues. If you do not agree with the decision regarding your entitlement to benefits under the agreement, please contact a U.S.
or Japanese social security service. People there can tell you what you need to do to appeal the decision. This document discusses the highlights of the agreement and explains how it can help you while you work and if you apply for benefits. To qualify for U.S. or Japanese benefits under the agreement, follow the instructions in the “Benefit Entitlements” section. Social security contributions to pension funds, medical funds, etc., are mandatory for Chinese workers. Since October 15, 2011, foreign persons holding a Chinese work permit to work in China must, in accordance with China`s Social Security Law, pay social security contributions for pensions, medicine, unemployment, maternity and work-related injuries. Monthly contributions from employers and employees, applicable ceilings, etc. are subject to local rules, which may vary between local jurisdictions. For example, the contribution rates and caps for local Chinese in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou are as follows: although the agreement between the U.S. and Japan allows the Social Security Agency to count your Japanese loans to help you qualify for retirement, disability, or survival benefits in the United States, the agreement does not cover Medicare benefits.
As a result, we cannot count your credits in Japan to get free Medicare medical insurance. The agreement is expected to resolve the problem of double payment of social security contributions between the two countries and continue to promote economic and trade relations as well as staff exchanges. . . .