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18 December 2013 @ 07:46 pm
Japanese Pension Office, I hate you  
For context: If you leave Japan after having paid into the Pension Fund, you can apply for a refund of your pension money, which we did after we left. That was about two and a half years ago. They owe us around ~$8,000--it was ~$11,000 when we left, but exchange rates. (-_-)

Back around July or so, softlykarou got an email from someone at the Pension Office asking to resubmit her documents. All of them--the entire application and the supporting documents. Note that this is two years after we first submitted them.

So last week, we got a note that we had a piece of registered mail that we had to sign for, and the sender was just listed as "Japan." Seeing that, I got all excited. I knew that sometimes, when the Pension Office is about to make a deposit into your account, they'll send a card to the address of record in order to make sure you still want the money (if you're planning to move back, you might want to leave it there if you plan to draw on it in your old age) and that you're living where you think they are. So, after an attempt to get it redelivered that failed, softlykarou went to the post office to go pick it up and see what it was.

It was a request for a form resubmission. Apparently, the forms that we had submitted six months ago weren't proper because...softlykarou's name wasn't in all caps. They helpfully filled in the name field with caps so we wouldn't make that mistake again and asked us to resubmit it.


It is said that Stalin claimed that bureaucracy is the price we pay for impartiality--or at least, it is said that it is said that--but sometimes, it is a high price to pay.
Current Mood: enragedenraged
Current Music: Morrowind - Nerevar Rising
marianlhmarianlh on December 19th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
but...but Japanese doesn't even HAVE capitalization.

Vibes, you guys. That sucks.