So today, I would like to talk about switching from Shakai-Hoken to Kokumin-Hoken (NHI). I had some issues switching over, and thought I should discuss it. I initially was registered in Shakai-Hoken with AEON. It was done automatically by the company, and I didn't need to do anything to register. However, on my last day, I had to turn in my company issued insurance card.
The next day, I went to the ward office in my area to register my change of address and to sign up for NHI. Before going, I checked my ward office's website to see what I needed to bring. The site said: passport or ARC, and hanko (personal stamp). So at the ward office, I first registered my change of address which was simple enough. Then the lady asked if I was still enrolled in Shakai-Hoken, and I said no and wanted to register to Kokumin (since I'm not employed at the moment). So she told me to take the copy of change of address that I had filled out over to the counter in charge of NHI in addition to the other required stuff. When it was my turn, I told guy that I wanted to register for Kokumin-Hoken, and showed me my ARC and the paper that I was given. This is where things got complicated and I got extremely confused. He kept telling me I needed some kind of paper that I didn't have. I had brought the Employment Insurance Certificate (雇用保険被保険者証) that AEON had given me and thought that was what he wanted. In the end, he pulled out a sheet of paper and circled the things I needed.
Also, I found an awesome recipe for Macaroni and Cheese using your rice cooker!! I did have to change it up a bit, and experiment, because my local supermarket didn't have everything. Instead of using chicken broth, I bought chicken bouillon cubes and used 1 cube in 300 ml of water. I used two cups of macaroni noodles (using the cup from my rice cooker). I couldn't get my hands on cheddar jack cheese either, so I substituted with sliced Kraft cheese that I grated using a fine grater (it ended up kind of powdery). I also estimated on the milk, instead of measuring. I just like to eye-ball it and always have. Either way, it was amazing!!! It tasted like the macaroni from Luby's at home which I kind of love. I highly recommend trying it.
Well, that's all everyone.