From Chief Editor about English-speaking doctors in Tokyo and other medical information

Although the number of English-speaking doctors is increasing, not many of them proudly announce so. The government of Japan is trying to make all major hospitals with state-of-the-art technologies multilingual hopefully by 2020.

The problem with such large hospitals is that they are referral-based. Therefore, here are some general practitioners, clinics and dentists that you need to go before you are referred to major hospitals.

Only a few of them prescribe non-Japanese medications, and some of them do NOT accept Japanese health insurance nor travel insurance.

Please visit their website and inquire before visiting them.

English speaking general practitioners

《as of May 27, 2016》

Going to see Doctors

Please make sure the consultation hours, if your medical insurance is accepted, what you need to bring with you (as your health insurance card), and if the department for your ailment is open by calling them beforehand. Some may accept appointments.

Upon arrival you are asked to fill in some forms and questionnaires about your ailments and health condition, and then wait for your turn. You will be called in to see the doctor.

After the doctor’s consultation you can go to the cashier to pay.

Medicines are prescribed by the doctor and dispensed at the same hospital/clinic or at a separate pharmacy of your choice.

Medical emergencies

In Japan ambulances are free of charge.

Please call an ambulance by dialing 119 and say:

Please send an ambulance.
救急車をお願いします。
We have an emergency patient.
急病人がいます。
The address is ……
住所は……です。
We have a seriously injured patient.
けが人がいます。

Medication and medical products from overseas

There are restrictions for medication, medical products, cosmetics and medical equipment to bring into Japan from overseas:

Medication and medical products Up to a two-month supply
However, up to a one-month supply for prescription medication (inc. birth control pills)
Up to 24 tubes of cream, eye drops, antiperspirant, sanitary items, toothpaste containing fluoride, dental floss etc.
Cosmetics Up to 24 items
Medical equipment One set (and for family use only)

*For further information or for bringing in more quantities using “yakkan shoumei” certificates, please contact the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (regional bureau of health and welfare).