Us Japan Social Security Agreement
In Japan, after the signing of the agreement, both houses of the Japanese parliament must vote to approve the agreement. An agreement between the United States and Japan, which will enter into force on 1 October 2005, will improve social security protection for people who work or have worked in both countries. It helps many people who, without the agreement, would not be entitled to monthly retirement, disability or survivors` benefits under the social security system of one or both countries. It also helps people who would otherwise have to pay social security taxes to the two countries with the same incomes. If you qualify for Social Security benefits in both the U.S. and Japan and you do not need the agreement to qualify for either benefit, the amount of your benefit in the U.S. may be reduced. This is the result of a provision in U.S. law that may affect how your benefit is calculated if you are also receiving a work-based pension that has not been covered by U.S. Social Security. in the case of Japan, the national laws and regulations of Japan referred to in Article 2(1) concerning Japanese pension schemes and Japanese health insurance schemes, for the United States, national laws and other international social security instruments referred to in Article 2(2), but contracts concluded between a party and a third party or any other international agreement in the field of social security, National laws and regulations adopted for the implementation of such treaties or other international instruments are not included; If you have any questions about international social security conventions, call the Social Security Administration`s Office of International Programs at 410-965-3322 or 410-965-7306.
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