There is so much to be thankful for as we start 2015 in Japan. There is an old Japanese saying that the ultimate first dream of the New Year is when Mt. Fuji, a hawk and an eggplant appear (Ichi-Fuji, Ni-Taka, San-Nasubi). No one has ever been able to clearly explain to me why this […]
The other day I visited the ward office in Shinagawa to learn more about the Japan’s Maternal & Child Health Handbook – Boshi Kenkou Techou, which is an excellent example of Japan’s high level of healthcare. The handbook is a personal health record that allows parents and healthcare providers to track the condition of a […]
HealthyTOKYO surveyed three drugstores at the bustling Tokyo International Airport*, also known as Haneda Airport, to discover the top five OTC drugs for visitors in Japan and the purchasing preferences of foreign visitors. We assumed that visitors from Asian countries would have different preferences from those from the West when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) […]
This past Saturday I had the pleasure to visit the head-operations for the Southern Tohoku Healthcare Group and learn all about Proton Therapy in Japan. This impressive medical complex is located in Koriyama, Fukushima about 250 kilometers from Tokyo and can be reached in about 80 minutes via Shinkansen (bullet train). The complex houses the Southern Tohoku […]
When Dr. Hirohisa Kawahara opened his first twenty-bed hospital in Nagoya in 1979, the respected nephrologist may not have imagined that he would someday oversee more than three dozen hospitals and clinics around Japan and one in Jakarta, Indonesia. The group’s network now includes two large hospitals in Nagoya, another hospital in Tokyo, and a rehabilitation hospital and two elderly health care facilities in Nagoya. The sheer diversity of services that Kawahara’s Kaikoukai Medical Group offers—including dialysis, diagnostic imaging, elder care and support as well as chronic and acute care—are matched in scope by the group’s forward-thinking leap into inbound and outbound medical tourism.
Thank you for joining HealthyTOKYO! We spent the last two years listening to the needs and wants of the English speaking community regarding health care and wellness. It is clear that Japan has a lot of great doctors and wellness facilities. It is also clear that most of us do not know exactly where they […]
Anyone who has been in Japan for more than a year is no doubt familiar with the thorough physical exam known as ningen-dokku, a term that translated literally means “human dock.” Think of a ship pulling into port for a complete inspection and you’ll get the idea.
Dr. Takuji Kato, who runs the Kato Eye Clinic in Shibuya, acted on a friend’s suggestion and came up with the eye-dokku—a comprehensive eye exam designed to spot a variety of vision problems and potentially serious medical conditions. An award-winning ophthalmologist who formerly headed a major university’s ophthalmology department and did research at two Harvard University affiliates, Dr. Kato and his associates are well-versed at diagnosing glaucoma, retinal and corneal diseases, macular degeneration and many other eye disorders.
To gauge a health-care system’s success, it’s standard to consider three points: quality, coverage, and cost. On all three measures, Japan stands at or near the top in every comparative ranking. The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy and the best recovery rates from just about every major disease. Infant mortality is less than half the U.S. rate. Japan usually leads the world in rankings of “avoidable mortality” -its effectiveness in curing diseases that can be cured.
– T.R. Reid, Newsweek, August 16, 2010