Eligibility goes to ten years in October?
I read an interesting article today about changes to the pension laws. The author isn't very impressed with many of the changes, but confirms that from October the minimum period you need to make payments to shakai hoken or kokumin nenkin in order to vest (become eligible to receive a pension) will be reduced to ten years.
This is great news.
Of course, in order to receive a full pension you still need to pay in for twenty-five years, and paying for a shorter time will mean your pension will be smaller, but at least you'll get something.
Remember that you can check your payment history (and estimated pension amount if you are old enough) by creating an online account at the national pension website. It's very easy to do and the site is clearly laid out.
If you were in kyosai nenkin until last year, you won't be able to see the payments for those years until you reach your birthday (I'm guessing they did this to spread out the huge amount of work they have to do moving everyone across to kosei nenkin).
My birthday is in September so I will have to wait until then, but I confirmed with a friend with a March birthday that he could see all his payments.
So some positive news today for a change :)