Written by Shane F (CIR PA 2013-2016)
Taken from the previous Gifu JET Website
If you are leaving JET and you are running low on yen but want to stick around because you’ve a couple of years left on your visa and you are really holding out for that job as a manga artist that you’ve always dreamed of yet you're you sick of living off of the 29円 croquettes from Valor..
Well no need because you have been paying unemployment insurance. Similar to the system operated in both the US and Canada, employers and employees in Japan themselves pay into a pot of money on behalf of the employee in the event that they become unemployed and need assistance. The employer’s portion is greater than the employees portion and is usually deducted at source from your salary.
So you mean I can just sit and enjoy the more expensive croquettes in my underwear at home watching Naruto and dreaming of my cup ramen dinner?
Not so fast! In order to claim unemployment benefits you must:
Points to Note:
If you have broke contract and willfully left your place of employment you will not receive benefits for three months.
If you get hired by a foreign government to work in Japan post JET, you are not liable to pay this insurance.
The amount you receive is somewhere between 50-80 percent of the wages you received over the last 6 months of your employment. Workers who had been working on lower salaries get a higher percentage of the previous earnings.
Subsequent to leaving JET you must register your unemployment status with immigration also. Failure to do so will void subsequent attempts to obtain visas.
If you are a JET on your second/first year of a 3 year visa, staying in Japan is acceptable and you can engage in work freely within your field of work (Having notified immigration of your status) .
However, if you wish to do a job in a field of work outside of that on your visa you must either obtain sponsorship from your new company or request permission to carry out アルバイト (arubaito) while in the process of looking for work. This status can be granted by immigration. Of course if you are not in full time employment by the end of the period of your visa then you will not be granted another visa (regardless of entitlement to unemployment benefits)