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Need to find a doctor who speaks English?

Aichi Prefecture offers a free online database which allows you to search by language and medical specialty.

You can access the system here.

If you still have difficulty finding a clinic, please feel free to contact our information counter for further assistance.

For other useful health related local news and informtion, please refer to the below entries.

Physical and Mental Health Consultations for Foreign Residents

Free health consultations, organized by the Nagoya City Health and Welfare Bureau, Nagoya International Center, and Medical Information Center Aichi.


Wanted: Information on raccoon sightings and damage

Raccoons are a designated invasive alien species


Night, Sunday, & Holiday Emergency Clinics in Nagoya

Did you know that emergency treatment is available when regular medical facilities are closed (on Sundays, national holidays, during the year-end/new year holiday period, and at night)?


Winter Sickness

Infections of seasonal influenza and the norovirus peak during the winter months and can even put the strongest people out of action for several days. Although their symptoms are different, the steps that you can take to prevent the viruses are very similar.


Dealing with Heat Stroke in Japan

Heatstroke is a serious condition which occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. It is usually caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures.


Do you know these symbols?

Walking through the streets of the city passing commercial establishments, hospitals, and civic buildings, we are faced with many types of signs and symbols, some known – others not immediately obvious as to their meaning. But for many people these signs & symbols represent hope, respect, cooperation and understanding.


Surviving Hay Fever Hell

Nice sunny day outside? Got red eyes? A congested nose? Maybe a sore throat? Welcome to hay fever hell! Get ready now before it hits!


Aichi Emergency Treatment Information Center

The Aichi Emergency Treatment Information Center is a 24-hour service that provides information about where to go for medical treatment in Aichi Prefecture, in the event of a traffic accident, sudden illness, and other emergencies.


Medical Interpretation Service Program

To tackle this issue, from April 1, 2012 Aichi Prefecture started providing medical translation services on full-time basis at a number of medical institutions in the Prefecture. Services are available in English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Pregnancy and Birth in Nagoya

Pregnancy Testing, Pregnancy, Subsidized Pregnancy Health Checks, Delivery, Costs and Health Insurance, Support Group.


Making the Most out of Nagoya City Sports Facilities

There are over 130 municipal sports facilities in Nagoya City – including sports centers (with volleyball, badminton, basketball, and futsal courts), tennis courts, baseball fields, athletic fields, football and rugby fields, gateball fields, and baseball stadiums. All are available for amateur sports use by the public at very reasonable rates. Making a reservation is easy.


Nagoya City Sports Centers

Most city-run sports centers have a heated indoor pool and a training room with weights and machines. Many also offer aerobics classes. These low cost facilities are open to the general public.


Children’s Medical Subsidies

From October 1, 2011 Nagoya City children’s medical subsidies were extended from their current scope to include a broader age range of children.


First Aid You Should Know

First Aid You Should Know


Going to the Dentist in Japan

To many people the sound of the dentist’s drill puts shivers down their spine, but sometimes putting off dental treatment is just not an option and a visit to the dentist is required. Besides, your oral environment can impact on your whole health so it is recommended that you have regular checkups rather than just visit when something is wrong.


Free Cervical Cancer Prevention Treatment for Young Women

Cervical cancer annually affects over 400,000 women worldwide. However, there is now a vaccine available that protects against the high-risk strains of HPV infections and consequently prevents cervical cancer. Normally the vaccine series costs around 40,000 – 50,000 Yen, but as part of a City of Nagoya assistance program, the treatment has been made available for FREE for young teenage female residents of Nagoya City.


Nagoya City One Coin Cancer Screenings

The City of Nagoya started providing low cost cancer screenings to residents. Screenings can detect cancer at a very early stage before it spreads and becomes difficult to treat. Screenings for stomach cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer are available for just 500 Yen each.


Health Information Supplements

The Nagoya International Center will be publishing a 3-part guide to keeping healthy in Japan.
These supplements are available in 6 languages and can be downloaded in a printer-friendly PDF format.


Metabolic Syndrome & Health Checks

- Metabolic Syndrome – Health  Checks With Work Place Health Insurance – Health  Checks With National Health Insurance – Other Medical Checks Available in Nagoya Metabolic Syndrome メタボリック症 ★What is it? Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. In general, a person with metabolic […]


What is the Norovirus?

Can you help me? Q: I heard on the news something about the norovirus. Should I be worried about it? A: The norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting disease or the stomach flu, is a highly contagious virus that spreads through contaminated food and water, by contact with objects touched by infected people, and […]


English-speaking hospitals…

I have just relocated to Nagoya. Are there any medical services available in English?


STD Tests in Nagoya

Is there a clinic in Nagoya where I can get an STD test in English?


English-speaking Gynecologists in Nagoya

 Can You Help Me? I think I might be pregnant. Can you recommend an English-speaking gynecologist in Nagoya? Most major city hospitals have a combined 産婦人科(さんふじんか) Obstetrics and Gynecology Department or a stand alone Gynecology Department 婦人科(ふじんか) – and there are several specialist clinics in and around Nagoya that have services in English; several options […]


Flu shots

Can you help me? Q: Where can I get a flu shot? A: Many hospitals and clinics offer influenza shots. Generally shots are available from late October to the end of January. Fees for the shots vary but tend to run from 3,500 Yen or so. Often it is necessary to make a reservation, so […]


Health Insurance in Japan

There are three kinds of public health insurance in Japan, one of which is the National Health Insurance Program and the other refers to the Work Place Health Insurance System. The law in Japan requires all residents to enroll in one of the above health insurance systems.


Long-Term Care Insurance

The Long-Term Care Insurance System involves the whole of society and is run by the social insurance system to ensure long-term care for elderly. According to their needs people or families needing long term care are able to choose from medical and welfare services.


Worker’s Compensation Insurance

In the case a worker is injured on the job or during commutes to/from work, by law an employer may be required to provide compensation for medical treatment and time off.


Visiting a Hospital or Clinic in Japan

Japanese medical institutions, except for dental clinics, do not normally work on an appointment system. The order of treatment is first-come, first-served, determined by the order of submission of one’s medical consultation ticket (shinsatsu-ken, which is issued by the medical institution) to the hospital.


Nagoya City Public Health Centers

Public Health Centers are governmental agencies responsible for public health, but they do not provide medical treatment themselves. Each ward has one Public Health Center, the main duties of which are to provide medical and dental advice; control infectious diseases; provide vaccinations; ensure environmental sanitation; prevent noise and odor pollution; undertake inspections to prevent food poisoning; and control the cat and dog population.


Culture Shock

Anyone who has lived overseas has most likely encountered a “honeymoon stage” and a “disenchantment stage”, among other stages. We will take a look at the various natural occurring stages one may encounter after moving here. By understanding some of the stages, one can begin to grasp their own situation and emotional or mental well-being.


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