Emergency Medical Care

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When you call 119 for medical care, the station will arrange for an ambulance if the situation requires it. Ambulances are free in Japan but you will have to pay for medical treatment. The ambulance will transport you to the nearest available emergency room that is suited to your condition.

What to bring:

  • Residence card (and/or passport)
  • Health insurance card
  • Cash
  • Information on any medications you are currently taking
  • Information on any allergies or illnesses you may have

Not all hospitals are open 24/7 in Japan. Usually there are only certain hospitals “on duty” during these times to accept non-emergency patients. You may check out a list of what hospitals are on duty during nights, weekends, and holidays by searching at this link. However, this service is currently only available in Japanese.

Please call 119 if you are facing a medical emergency. They will bring you directly to an emergency room.

You can search for hospitals and clinics with English service in your area by using Iwate Medical Net. You can also search hospitals by area by going here. Prefectural hospitals are marked with a star.

I can’t speak Japanese. What do I do?

If at all possible, please bring a Japanese speaker with you. We understand that may not be possible in every situation, so the Iwate International Association provides medical interpreter volunteers (called Multilingual Supporters, or 多言語サポーター tagengo sapootaa). Unfortunately, this is a volunteer system, so we cannot guarantee you will be able to get someone in an emergency. Please give a call to the Iwate International Association at 019-654-8900.

We have a few resources you can take along with you, such as questionnaires you can fill out to describe your symptoms. Some hospitals and clinics may have these as well.

Health and Medical Services in English

Iwate Medical Net

Multilingual Supporters Medical Interpreting

Phone: 019-654-8900

Hotline for Medical Consultation

  • Tokyo Center - Phone: 03-5285-8088
  • Kansai Center - Phone: 06-4395-0555

(Languages available: English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Portuguese, Philippines, and Japanese)

You can search for hospitals and clinics with English service in your area by using Iwate Medical Net. You can also search hospitals by area by going here. Prefectural hospitals are marked with a star.

添付ファイル

Medical Forms in English

This sheet is to help you describe a number of different symptoms, like headaches, fever, rashes, and more.

This sheet helps your doctor describe what medicine you are taking as well as when and how to take it. It can be used for internal, external, and single dosage medications.

This sheet helps your doctor determine whether it is safe for you to take a flu shot.

関連情報

Multilingual Medical Questionnaire (Kanagawa International Foundation)

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Office of International Affairs, Department of Policy and Regional Affairs
(020-8570) 10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, JAPAN
電話: 019-629-5763 ファクス: 019-629-5254
You can access our question form here.