I have tried researching this on my own but can't find the answers I am looking for.
I am presently in Japan on a working holiday visa from Canada. I got my alien card, and as soon as I did that, I started getting inundated with pension plan forms indicating I need to start paying money. I was not aware of any such thing, my fiancee pays into the pension as she is Japanese, but doesn't think I should be paying into it as I'm in theory only here for 6 months on the present visa. I've been to Australia on whv and didn't have to do anything pension wise so was a bit surprised by this as well. Do I need to pay into the pension on a whv?
Secondly, I want to eventually switch to a spouse visa, I assume at that time I should start paying into the pension?
As I would like to remain in Japan for either a number of years to potentially indefinitely, I don't want to start getting myself into a world of trouble by missing any sort of payments I should be doing, but on the other hand I'd prefer not to have to pay a lot of money I don't have if I don't have to. I am in the process of beginning to rent an apartment here and after being raked over the coals by that I'm not as comfortably financed as I used to be. (Fortunately I'd read about initial apartment cost here so it at least wasn't a surprise, still stings though)
Any assistance is as always appreciated,