Japanese Health Insurance

A commemorative postage stamp on the 50 Years of the Health Insurance :

1270 Healthy Family [Japan Stamp 1976]Issued by Japan

Issued on Nov 24, 1976

Issued for : A special postage stamp was issued to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Japanese Health Insurance. In Japan, the health insurance system is divided into three categories : one is intended for labors in a regular employment and the others for daily labors and for general people.

Design : A healthy family

Designer : Mr. Takashi Shimizu

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 50 Yen

Stamp Size : 22.5 mm x 33.0 mm

Quantity Issued : 25,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • In Japan social insurance comprises 3 kinds of health insurance; one for general labourers excluding day labourers, a second for the day labourers only and a third for people other than the above labourers, for each of which an individual law is instituted separately. The health insurance was the first social insurance in Japan, put into practice on July 1, 1926, based on the law concerning health insurance laid down in 1922. Payment for it started from January 1, 1927. In those days the insured was limited to the factory and mine labourers. Afterwards, the extent of the insured has been expanded; in the meantime, the labourers’ accident insurance was newly established. Thus, after several institutional changes health insurance celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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