March 08, 2006

Today in the mail, I received a set of form letters from the ward office. As if shortly turning 40 weren’t bad enough, now my government classes me as old.

Turning Point Physical Examination Details

The Kowishikawa Insurance Service Center would like to inform you that as a roujin (old person), you’re entitled to a free physical examination every five years as part of your old age social insurance plan. This includes a general exam with x-ray and bloodwork, hepatitis test, and cancer screening with barium x-ray. The next scheduled date for exams is 4/19. Our records show your qualifying birthday is within the next two months. Please schedule early.

About Hepatits Virus Screening

Bunkyo-ku offers free hepatitis virus screenings every five years for its citizens starting at age 40.

Roujin Dental Exam Information

All of Bunkyo-ku “aged persons” 40 years old and over are invited to a free yearly dental examination.

At least I know where my tax yen are going. I think I’d rather have had that 988,000 yen refund, though.

Posted by kuri at March 08, 2006 10:09 PM


So… go have the exam. Then blog about it! What a great experiment for the sake of your loyal readership. Take a camera!

Posted by: devin on March 8, 2006 11:11 PM

Do you get a seniors card for the trains yet? (joking!!)

My dad used to get a heap of free stuff from the ward office as a person over 60.

Posted by: T on March 9, 2006 11:58 AM

You aren’t going to get curmudgeonly now that you are turning 40, are you?

Posted by: Jonathan and Sachiko on March 9, 2006 03:33 PM

*Get* curmudgeonly? I think I started on that a long time ago. By my birthday I will be out of beta and into full-release curmudgeon.

(Have been testing too much software lately.)

Posted by: Kristen on March 9, 2006 03:53 PM

You better study hard for that test!

Posted by: j-ster on March 9, 2006 07:18 PM


Great word Jonathan!!

I will also use the same to call you once you turned 40!!

Is that right?


Posted by: emma on March 22, 2006 04:32 PM
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