Insurance · Medical

National Health Insurance

If a foreigner lives in Japan for more than 1 year, they will need to join the National Health Insurance program.
Paperwork must be submitted within 14 days of the start of residency in Japan. If you join the National Health Insurance program, you will only need to pay for 30% of the cost of treatment (excluding treatments that are not covered by insurance). Regarding insurance premiums, there is a reduction or exemption system for international students and it cost a small amount every month.

When you're sick

Search for medical institutions nearby in case of emergency.

■Kameari Hospital
Address 3-36-3 Kameari, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number 03-3601-0186
Medical examination departments Internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular department, etc.
■Eastern Region Hospital
Address 5-14-1 Kameari, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number 03-5682-5111
Medical examination departments Internal medicine · surgery · orthopedic surgery · cardiovascular department · otorhinolaryngology · ophthalmology, etc.

In an emergency

In case of an emergency such as sudden illness, serious injury or life threatening situations, call an ambulance by phone.
The telephone number is 119.
Details on how to get treatment at the hospital and other important information can be found on the sites below.

■ Tokyo Metropolitan Government International Exchange Committee

The lists of the hospitals that foreign languages are available.

A services that foreigners can find for medical institutions by region, treatment, languages, etc. via telephone or internet.

You can search by address or nearest train station.

Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Center Information Service


  • 24-hour medical institution information: Open 24-hours daily
    It is a computerized automatic reply service.
  • Healthcare and Medical Welfare Consultation: Weekdays 9: 00-20: 00
    You will be able to talk to a cordinator regarding insured medical care.

You can find Medical information in your mother language on the phone.

Specified Non-profit Corporation
AMDA International Medical Information Center


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