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Procedures and lump-sum allowance following childbirth(分娩之後的手續、臨時補助費)

Last updated date:2020/6/4

Birth registration

Non-Japanese residents do not have a family register, but the Family Registration Law applies in the event a non-Japanese resident gives birth in Japan. In such cases, you must visit the family register counter of the municipality in which you live to submit a notification of birth. For more details, please visit the birth registration/death registration page.

Resident registration

In the event both the child's parents are non-Japanese residents, once birth registration has been received, your child will be listed on the resident registration without a status of residence for 60 days from the date of birth.
If you intend to stay in Japan for longer than 60 days, you need to obtain a status of residence. Please apply for a status of residence at the Immigration Bureau within 30 days from the date of birth.

National Health Insurance cards for babies

Once you have submitted birth registration, please make sure to enroll your baby in a health insurance scheme as soon as possible. If you are enrolling your child in the National Health Insurance scheme, please bring along the following items to the Health Insurance and Pension Division in the ward where you live and apply. If you are enrolling through your workplace's health insurance scheme, please ask at your workplace. You will need to bring different things depending on the type of health insurance you are enrolling your child in.

Things you need when notifying that you have had a child

  1. Mother and Child Health Handbook
  2. Seal
  3. A form of personal identification for the person coming to submit notification (driver's license, passport, resident card, etc.)

Lump-sum allowance for childbirth

If you are enrolled in the City of Yokohama's National Health Insurance scheme and give birth in Japan, and agree to use the direct payment system* at a medical institution, you will receive a 420,000 yen reduction on your final bill for childbirth expenses at the medical institution concerned. Please note that the direct payment system cannot be used if you give birth overseas.
If you did not make use of the direct payment system in Japan, if the costs of childbirth did not reach 420,000 yen, or if you gave birth overseas, you can receive a lump-sum allowance for childbirth. To receive this allowance, please bring along the following items to the Health Insurance and Pension Division in the ward where you live and apply. Please note that you will no longer be entitled to apply for this allowance if a period of 2 years has elapsed from the day after you gave birth.

*It is normally the role of the head of household to apply for the lump-sum allowance for childbirth. By using the direct payment system, you enter into a contract with the medical institution where you will give birth to apply for and receive the lump-sum allowance for childbirth in lieu of the head of household. When using this system, the lump-sum allowance for childbirth will be paid directly to the medical institution concerned. As such, 420,000 yen will be subtracted from your bill for childbirth expenses when you leave hospital.

  1. A document certifying the amount of childbirth expenses you paid issued by the medical institution concerned
  2. A letter of agreement with the medical institution concerned
  3. Mother and Child Health Handbook
  4. Seal
  5. Health insurance card
  6. Bank book or other document allowing confirmation of the payee's account details

If you gave birth overseas

  1. A document certifying the fact that you have given birth (a certificate from a doctor, etc. Please attach a Japanese translation*)
  2. Original passport of the person who received treatment
  3. Letter of consent (form available at ward offices)
  4. Seal
  5. Health insurance card
  6. Bank book or other document allowing confirmation of the payee's account details

*Documents can be translated by anyone as long as the name and address of the translator can by confirmed. You can also translate them yourself.
For more details, please inquire at the Health Insurance and Pension Division in the ward where you live.

Where to inquire
ContentContact details
About the lump-sum allowance for childbirthWard office Health Insurance and Pension Division (*Inquiries in Japanese only)
List of contacts
About birth registrationFamily registry divisions in ward offices (*Inquiries in Japanese only)
List of contacts


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