General Information on Health/Medical Care Services in English
General Information on Health/Medical and Welfare Public Services in Japan:
In Japan, at any place, the same public servies are provided by the
central and local governments.
A Guide for Living in Osaka (from Minato Ward Office, Osaka City)
When You Are Ill
2)Living Procedures/ Tax, Pension, Kaigo-Hoken( Long Term Care Insurance)
3)Preparing for Accidents and Emergencies
4)Parenting and Education
Guidebook for Everyday Living
(from Chuo-ku Ward Office, Tokyo)
Health and Welfare
(from Shinagawa Ward Office, Tokyo)
Health Care Response in Tokyo:
Sudden illness and injury
Search Hospitals/Clinics in Tokyo
Ask for Ambulance by calling : 119
Medical Care Centers in Hiroo Area
Japan Redcross Medical Center: Tel. 3400-1311
Located at: 4-1-22, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Ten minutes walk from the Hiroo Subway Station
Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital:Tel. 3444-1181
Located at: 2-34-10, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Seven minutes walk from the Hiroo Subway Station, Hibiya Line
This hospital is designated as emergency care services providing
Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information/ Search
Hospital/Clinic by Area
Medical Resources in Tokyo Area/Hospitals/Clinics with English
speaking staff available
Medical Care Facility/Organization with English
National Center for Global Health and Medicine/
(Toyama-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
St.Luke's International Hospital: 03-3541-5151
(Akashi-cho, Chyuo-ku, Tokyo)
Japan Redcross Medical Center: 03-3400-1311
(Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
International Clinic: 03-3583-7831
(Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Hiroo International Clinic: 03-5789-8861
(Hiroo, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
AMDA/Asian Medical Doctors Association:
International Medical Information Center: medical/health
consultation services for visitors: Tel.: 5285-8086,
Tokyo Midtown Medical Center/6th floor of Tokyo Midtown
Tower at Roppongi /Tel: 03-5413-7911
THE KING CLINIC: Tel.: 03-3409-0764
(Accept by appointment, Located at: Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center in Japan: Tel: 03-3716-6624
( Located at: Yutenji , Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
Counseling and Psychotherapy in Tokyo and Japan (in English)
(locating counseling & psychothrapy resources)
If You Become Sick/Living Information for Visitors
Available helpful information on : Seeing doctor, Medical Insurance
System, Public Health Centers,etc.
At hospitals: How to communiate properly.....
Useful Japanese Expressions at Hospital
Japanese Vocabulary List - Hospital, Health
Health Insurance for Visitors
Health Insurance for Visitors
Japanese citizens are fully covered by the government managed
medical insurance plans. However, the visitors have to buy their
own health insurance plan managed by the private insurance and
related companies to cover the medical care services provided
by the Japanese hospitals and clinics which will ask for the
payment of the medical care fees of uninsured charge.
Health Insurance for Visitors(staying for over one year)
Non-Japanese residents who stay in Japan for a year or over must enroll in
the National Health Insurance system from when they become the residents
until they leave Japan. Members of National Health Insurance pay premiums
and receive an insurance card and health care benefits.
Ask the Word/municipal office where you are living.
You and your dependents cannot become members of NHI if you are
covered by a different Japanese public health insurance system (public health
insurance offered by your employer, etc. ).
MedExPlan: medical insurance plan for expatriates
Basic plan: age18-29: US$542, age30-39: US$658 annually
Obtaining medical drugs:
It is better to see physician at hospital/clinic to have appropriate medical drugs
for your health problems.
However, the problem is not serious and need to have quick response for it,
some medical drugs can be obtained at drug stores/pharmacies in the town.
They include medical drugs for cough, stomach problems, skin troubles,
light injury, fever, so on. There are pharmacists at drug stores/pharmacies
and you may explain your health problems and ask for proper medical drugs.
The prices are moderate ,i.e. a bottle of cough pills is 1000-1500 yen.
If your pharmacist can not understand English, write it down what you want
to say, because Japanese pharmacists are educated at Pharmacology
Department of University, so they can understand written English and
technical terms related to your health problems and medical drugs.
A drug store in Japan: They sell not only medical drugs but also cosmetics,
sanitary goods, soft drinks and other goods for daily use at discount price.
Japanese people visit first here and get daily necessaries before going to
supermarket. Save your money here.
Sexual Infectious Diseases in Japan
Sexual behavior of Japanese young population is considered as tragically
dangerous. As they have no religious restriction on sex and have no intention
and knowledge for the prevention of infection of sexual diseases, including
HIV/AIDS patients are increasing in Japan. Japanese young population
do not like to use condom even there is a possibility of HIV/AIDS infection.
Japanese young population is considered as high risk group of SID and HIV/AIDS infection.
Fitness Clubs/Sports Clubs
Fitness/Sports Clubs in Japan and their branches in central Tokyo
Central Fitness Club Minami-Aoyama
Located at: 6-1-3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Three minutes walk from the Omotesando Subway Station,
Ginza Line Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line
Opposite the Nezu Museum of Art
Open: Tue.-Fri.: 9:00am-24:00pm, Sat.: 10:00am-21:00pm,
Sun.: 10:00am-19:00pm, Closed on Monday
Admission charge: 5000yen
Monthly charge: 15500-10000yen
TIPNESS , Roppongi
Located at: 6-6-9, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Two minutes walk from the Roppongi Subway Station, Hibiya Line
Open: Mon.-Fri.: 7:00am-23:00pm, Sat.: 9:30am-22:00pm
Sun.: 9:30am-20:00pm, Closed on the second Sun.
Monthly charge: 6000-14000yen
Located at:1-1-18,Shirokanedai , Minato-ku, Tokyo
Three minutes walk from the Shirokanedai Subway Station,
Nanboku Line, Toei-Mita Line, along the Megro-Dori Avenue
Open: Tue.-Fri.: 10:00am-22:00pm, Sun.: 10:00am-20:00pm
Closed on Mon.
Admission charge: 105,000yen
Monthly charge: 12600-15750yen
Konami Sports Club, Ebisu
Located at: 1-1-40,Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Seven minutes walk from Ebisu Station,JRYamanoteLoopLine,
Along the Komazawa-Dori Avenue
Open: Mon.-Fri.: 10:00am-22:30pm, Sat,Sun.: 10:00am-20:30pm
Closed on 2,12,22 every month
Admission charge: 10000-50000yen
Monthly charge: 8925-18900yen
In Japan, there are many Esthetics saloons and some nationwide Esthetics
saloons can be available at major cities. At the Esthetics saloons,
charges vary by services you have. Usually, facial treatment course costs
3000 yen per visit and whole body treatment course costs 10000yen per visit.
Nationwide Esthetics Saloons:
Takano Yuri Beauty Clinic
SLIM BEAUTY HOUSE
Este & Spa Lumiere-Paris, Ebisu
Located at: Ebisu Mitsukoshi Department Store, 2nd Floor
4-20-7, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Socie Beauty Avenue, Ginza
Located at: Yuraku-cho Seibu Department Store B , B2F
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Japan adopts the higher permissible level of radiation for foods:
In comparison to the international standards, Japan adopts the higher permissible
level of radiation for foods/drinks. Foods and drinks available in Japan will not
be allowed in another countries for human use.
Vegetable: for Cesium
Japan: 500 becquerels/kg
USA: 170 becquerels/kg
Ukraine: 40 becquerels/kg
Japan: 200 becquerels/litter
USA: 0.111 becquerels/litter
WHO: 1 becquerel/litter
After April of 2012, permissible level of radiation for foods will
Vegetable: for Cesium: 100 becquerels/kg
Tap water: for Cesium: 10 becquerels/litter
Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log/IAEA
Fukushima I nuclear accidents/Wikipedia
Factbox: Nuclear accidents: Fukushima vs Three Mile/REUTERS
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency/METI
Reading of environmental radioactivity level by prefecture/MEXT
Information about 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake/Radiation/MHLW
Monitored data on environmental radiation levels in Tokyo/Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't
The Situation in Japan/U.S. Department of Energy
Earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan/IRSN,France
providing simulation movies
/sample of the movie/FLV
Nuclear power plant/radiation news/Japan Times
Raising the accident's severity level to 7, the worst on international scale/Japan Times
Japan nuclear alert at Fukushima - Q&A/BBC
Q. and A. on the Nuclear Crisis in Japan/NY Times
(during the period:21st March 2011-30 July 2011)
Visualization of latest radioactivity levels in Japan/by Prefecture
Graph of environmental radiation levels in Tokyo
Warning: There is a possibility of the explosion of the Fukushima Daiich Nuclear
It is suggested that you will refrain from visiting the eastern part of Japan,
If you have to stay in Tokyo, you will leave Tokyo within 5 hours after the
explosion of the Fukushima Daiich Nuclear Reactors.
Also we still have frequent quakes after the major earthquake on 11 March.
No problem for visiting western part of Japan, including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara,
Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
(This is not an official suggestion.)
Radiation free life in Tokyo:
1 Do not visit Fukushima Prefecture. Even in Fukushima City located at
60 km away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors, it has higher
2 Do not take vegetable and milk prduced in south Tohoku & Kanto area.
Kanto area contains Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama
They show the harvested prefecture on its label. Choose vegetable and milk
produced in the western regions(prefectures) of Japan.
The National Supermarket in Hiroo sell with English labels.
3 Do not eat fish captured on/off the coast of Tohoku and Kanto area.
No problem for fish from Hokkaido, south Japan and the Sea of Japan.
Of course, no problem for imported fish.
4 No problem for drinking water. Tap water is examined by the water supply authority.
If you have baby, use the bottled water.
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