Knowing where to find a hospital with multilingual support is difficult even for foreign residents and visitors alike. However, there is a specific certification made under the Japan Medical Education Foundation available that made it easier to distinguish hospitals/clinics with language support.
What is JMIP-Certified Hospital?
JMIP stands for Japan Medical Service Accreditation for International Patients where hospitals accredited with this certification provide not only language support but accept and provide medical services to foreign patients. In order for a hospital to get accredited, they must be strictly evaluated from a neutral and impartial standpoint on the systems for smoothly accepting and assisting foreign patients with multilingual medical information and understanding the different cultures and religions, so that foreigners visiting or residing in Japan can safely and securely get the proper Japanese medical services.
JMIP Accredited Hospitals in Tokyo
As of January 2021, there are 28 hospitals in Tokyo that are accredited with JMIP. Most of these hospitals are large facilities and require referral, however, depending on the date, without referral, a hospital may accept first comers. In this case, the hospital will usually charge between 3000yen to 5000yen extra for those without a referral. It is best advised to contact each hospital prior to visit. Accredited medical institution can be found from here, but some of the notable places in the central Tokyo are as follows.
Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital
Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital located in the Shibuya Ward, just a few minutes walk from Hiroo Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line is the first metropolitan hospital to be accredited with JMIP. The percentage of foreign patients is the largest among metropolitan hospitals reaching at 5%, with English and Chinese interpreters with medical knowledge available at the hospital during the daytime. When these interpreters are not available, the hospital has a digital translation system using tablet computers to assist the foreign patents 24/7.
NTT Medical Center Tokyo
NTT Medical Center Tokyo is a general hospital located about 15minutes walk from Gotanda Station on JR Yamanote Line, and also has proximity to hotels in Shinagawa and embassies. Due to its location with a relatively large number of foreign residents and visitors, the hospital receives and treats a large number of foreign patients daily.
Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center
Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Medical Center located in Tama area offers advanced medical care and physical and psychological healthcare for children. This center was opened in 2010 and is part of the four metropolitan hospitals (Fuchu Hospital, Kiyose Children's Hospital, Hachioji Children's Hospital, and Umegaoka Hospital) which are combined into two hospitals housed in one building.
Ohkubo Hospital is located in the heart of the shopping district in Shinjuku. Compared to other major hospitals, this hospital is small in terms of number of beds however, covers major departments from internal medicine, orthopedics, dermatology, etc. just like any other general hospital. The hospital occasionally has foreign language interpreters with medical knowledge available.
JMIP Accredited Hospitals in Kyoto
Koseikai Takeda Hospital
Just a short walk from Kyoto Station, the Koseikai Takeda Hospital is one of the 2 JMIP accredited hospitals in Kyoto. English, Chinese and Korean interpreters with medical knowledge are available at the hospital and also tablets to help assist foreign patients.
JMIP Accredited Hospitals in Osaka
As of January 2021, there are 7 JMIP accredited hospitals in Osaka. Accredited medical institution can be found from here, but the one in the center of the city and proximity to all those tourist/sightseeing areas is the Japanese Red Cross Osaka Hospital. During the daytime, English interpreters with medical knowledge are on spot however, for other languages, translators will be remotely able to assist the patients.