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Title: Staying Healthy, Medical


1
Staying Healthy, Medical Insurance Matters
  • Allen and Tim

2
DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
3
STAYING HEALTHY AND ALIVE
  • Eat Healthy
  • Manage your stress/Be aware of your mental health
  • Find a means of exercise
  • Get sleep
  • Eat vegetables!
  • WASH YOUR HANDS
  • DRINK RESPONSIBLY! (Enkais included)
  • Dont be stupid

4
Eating Healthy
  • The Japanese diet might be different from your
    own smaller portions (less total calories), but
    typically more carbs
  • Familiar foods at Costco, Kaldis, etc.
  • Start with what you know, then branch out
  • Limit intake of combini bentos/instant ramen
  • School lunch (kyushoku) is high in calories
  • Learn to cook and experiment with Japanese foods
  • Build good eating habits instead of crash dieting

5
FOOD FRIENDS
  • Great friends
  • Friends in moderation
  • Japanese Radish - Daikon
  • (??)
  • Spinach - Horenso
  • (??????)
  • Tofu
  • (??)
  • Sweet potato Satsumaimo
  • (????)
  • Lotus root Renkon
  • (??)
  • Devils Tongue -Konnyaku
  • (??) no calories
  • Beans adzuki, soy, garbanzo etc.
  • Tea green(??) barley (??)
  • sencha mugicha
  • Ramen, Udon, Soba
  • Tempura
  • WHITE RICE
  • Katsudon/Katsu-anything
  • (Fried items)
  • Local baked goods
  • Fast food
  • Mochi

6
Protein in Japan
  • Protein is relatively expensive (vs. fat and
    carbs)
  • Pork is half the price of beef
  • Fish is an excellent source of protein
  • Meat is cheaper at Costco

7
Food Tips
  • Pre-prepared food will typically be high in carbs
    and fat
  • Milk (??) vs. Milk drinks (Calpis, Megumilk
    etc.) Milk drinks have more sugar.
  • Regular milk vs. Low fat milk ???
  • 100 Fruit Juice (??100) vs. Juice drinks
    (eg.??20)
  • Peanut butter vs. Peanut spread
  • Pay attention to fat content of meat (e.g. Kobe
    beef)
  • Beer vs. Happoshu (??? Low Malt Beer)
  • Kyuushoku (?? - School lunch for JHS) lots of
    carbs

8
How to fit exercise in your day
  • Join a bukatsu (school sports club) if you can
  • Join a gym
  • see if there is a city gym
  • Some have restrictions on tattoos
  • Motivation gym buddies and accountability
  • Bike or walk when you can
  • Find an active hobby
  • Hiking
  • Martial arts

9

Sinus problems/Allergens
  • Allergy medicine (e.g.Allelock) is available from
    your doctor, but most of them cause drowsiness
  • Air out futon and pillows regularly
  • Wash your sheets often
  • Clean A/C filters and fans
  • Keep your home well ventilated
  • Hay fever season and is long (Feb-May)
  • Wear a face mask

10
Mental Health
  • Culture shock affects everyone, be aware of steps
  • Unexpected life events
  • Have a support group
  • Stay in contact with friends/family back home
  • The winters are long dont become a hermit
  • JET support groups anonymous JET line and
    Prefectural Advisor
  • We are all here for you!

11
Culture shock
  • Culture shock affects everyone in different ways
  • Stay in contact with your family and friends
  • Stay busy
  • Utilize your support group

12
Be cool
  • Summers in Gunma are HOT and HUMID
  • Sunscreen and hats because sun tanning is not
    healthy
  • Uniqlo line of quick drying clothes
  • Stay hydrated with water. Carbonated
    drinks/caffeine are diuretics
  • Keep a change of clothes at work
  • Japanese deodorant is relatively weak
  • Carry a sweat towel and hand fan with you
  • Prepare to complain a lot about how hot it is

13
Be Warm
  • Winters in Gunma feel cold
  • Houses are built for the summer and usually not
    insulated
  • Buy thick blankets/duvets
  • Seal your windows with tape/bubble wrap
  • Heaters (kerosene, electric)
  • Your AC unit has a heat mode, but it uses a lot
    of power.
  • Kotatsu (heated tables) can be your best friend
  • Hang out with friends to share body heat
  • Prepare to complain a lot about how cold it is

14
If you get hurt/sick..
  • Dont be afraid to go to the doctor
  • Ask your supervisor for help/referral
  • Call 119 in event of a serious emergency
  • Wear a face mask
  • We are very well covered by our insurance
  • Keep all your receipts!!! You can be reimbursed
    through our insurance
  • With that said

15
INSURANCE
  • YOU ARE COVERED BY FOUR TYPES (3 compulsary
    social insurances and 1 special JET policy)
  • National Health Insurance
  • Employee Insurance
  • Employee Pension Insurance
  • JET Accident Insurance
  • Combined, these can give you 100 coverage
  • Your supervisor should assist you with insurance
    matters
  • CIR (Jaime Ota) can assist you if necessary

16
National Health Insurance
  • Keep your National Health Insurance Card on you
    at all times
  • Coverage may be refused if you dont have it
  • Half is covered by you, half by your CO
  • After your hospital/clinic visit you will receive
    a receipt for up to 30 of the total cost. You
    may be able to claim this money back through JET
    Accident Insurance

17
National Health Insurance continued
  • Sample benefits
  • Medical consultation
  • Medicine/therapeutic materials
  • treatment, operations, therapeautic care
  • Hospitalization
  • Nursing
  • Transportation
  • Dependents are granted almost all same benefits,
    but must pay 20 of hospitalization and 30out-of
    patient care

18
Pension Insurance
  • Enrollment is legally required
  • Provides for you/family if you are seriously
    injured or die
  • After leaving Japan, you are entitled to a
    partial refund
  • Pension refund contributions stop after 3 years

19
Employment Insurance
  • Also required by all JETs
  • Unemployment benefits (doesnt really apply to us)

20
JET Accident Insurance
  • J.A.I. can cover remaining 30 not covered by
    National Health Insurance (within limits of
    policy)
  • Minus 5000 yen deductible
  • Plus claim filing and appropriate documentation
  • 180 days from first appointment (or 180 days from
    date of injury) to file a claim
  • Ask supervisor to help you make claim
  • Process is in Gunma Orientation Handbook

21
JET Accident Insurance continued
  • Coverage
  • Death caused by accident/illness
  • Disability
  • Treatment for injuries and illness during travel
  • More details in JET Accident Insurance Policy
    Guide

22
What is Not Covered
National Health Insurance JET Accident Insurance
vaccinations Dental treatment of any kind
Injuries incurred while intoxicated Injuries while intoxicated
Medical costs before start of policy Whiplash/backproblems
Abortion/contraceptives Personal liability from willful acts
Preventative treatment Treatment for dependants
Medical certificates and forms Injuries during work hours
Cosmetic surgery Liabilities arising from injury
Unecessary dental and optical Liabilities arising from automobiles
Unecessary physicals Loss or damage to belongings
Childbirth Over the counter medicine
23
REMEMBER
  • Stay within the 180 day JAI limit (after first
    appointment)
  • Keep your receipts!!!
  • Paperwork
  • Get it and fill it out properly
  • Medical statements when abroad
  • Bring copies and get them filled out properly
  • JET Accident Insurance Policy booklet
  • Read itthen read it again ?
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