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  1. If you satisfy certain conditions, you can apply to receive a Lump-Sum Withdrawal Payment regarding the pension once you leave Japan. The amount you receive depends on a variety of things such as how long you have been paying into the system, your level of income, etc. This is an "early withdrawal payment" and not "refund"; You get something back but not everything back. Japan also has pension agreements with various other countries that might allow to receive credit for whatever pension contributions that you have made over here back in your home country. I am not sure how applying for a LSWP will affect this. I do not believe that having Permanent Residence disqualifies you. As long as you are not a Japanese citizen and satisfy the other required conditions, I think you're OK. But, I would check on that with the pension people. However, one of the conditions of getting this LSWP is that you need to be able to show the you are now longer a legal resident of Japan. This means that you will have to give up your PR status. This doesn't mean that you can never come back to Japan to work. You will just have to start from the beginning all over again like any other 'newcomer' just of the boat for the first time. Finally, as far as I know, you will not be able to get back any of the taxes, health insurance premiums, etc., etc. that you have paid over the years.
  2. you miss the point totally. There is a world of difference between having a job, working in Japan and enjoying multiple short-term relationships with local ladies, and moving to a country of which you know next to nothing, being totally dependent on one person and seeking work with no experience or relevant qualifications. There are many similar posts on this forum from "young men in love", who followed their hormones and came to Japan, unprepared, and incapable of any job other than English conversation school, and found themselves out on a limb after a few years. @GregXJ is relatively lucky that is has happened so soon, he can still extricate and find himself again. He also has a sympathetic ear from many here. As a final thought, I wonder what precipitates the woman to behave like this? Do they become rapidly disappointed with their man sitting around the house, unable to utter more than a few coherent sentences. Do they lose patience, when they hear all complaining about their country, but the much dreamed of or assumed easy job never appears and they are contributing little to the household. Whilst there is no excuse for cheating, the dynamics of the situation are not so simple, and maybe both parties should look closely at their expectations and behaviour, and the reality. And remember, karma is not just about the past, present and future, it is also about the moment.
  3. Invective aside, I wonder if there is a lesson to be learned here for some of the others who write about coming to Japan and wanting jobs. Young and in love, needing the visa, highly dependent on the other party on arrival, knowing nothing about where they are heading, no job lined up, desparately seeking answers on the internet, and unable to communicate 100% to each other. A brief look at early posts reveals a typical pattern, though a quicker than usual outcome. He must be one of the lucky ones, though I am sure that he does not feel too lucky now.
  4. Other than PR, you could try for the long-term resident or teijusha category. As always, case-by-case approvals, but 8 months here would probably not qualify you; ancedotally and from experience, 3-5 years would be needed.
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