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Japan's population is estimated at around 127.4 million and the life expectancy at 74.5 years. It means that people who live in Japan enjoy good health longer than anybody else in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the Japanese population is rapidly aging, the effect of a post-war baby boom followed by a decrease in births in the latter part of the twentieth century.

The national and local governments provide an extensive variety of medical services for the Japanese health care system; among them: free screening examinations for particular illnesses, prenatal care, and infectious disease control. Payment for individual medical services is featured through a universal health care insurance system that offers relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee. People with no insurance through employers can participate in a national health insurance program managed by local governments. Since 1973, all old people have been covered by government-sponsored insurance. Patients are free to choose physicians or facilities of their option.

Since the Health Insurance Law went into effect in 1961, all Japanese citizens and resident aliens cover at least one of six health insurance plans. This system of universal health coverage provides financial security from incidences such as illness, injury, and death,...

Medical services in Japan largely consist of private clinics and general hospitals which work under the guidance of Health Care System. Private clinics can be named as "iin" or "shinryojo." There are 79,000 clinics that offer mostly out-patient services,...

Japanese pensions are normally payments made in the form of a guaranteed annuity to a retired or disabled employee. The Japanese pension system, comprising of public and private pension systems. The difference between...

From 5th to 9th century, Buddhist clerics from China introduced Chinese medicine to Korea and Japan. Traveling clerics disseminated Chinese medical knowledge throughout these countries more extensively during The Tang Dynasty...

Emergency Numbers

Even with an increasing crime rate, Japan stays one of the safest countries in the world. There is only a small possibility of being a victim and it is usually safe to walk around at night. It is best to avoid yakuza (professional gangsters), even if they seem friendly, as they may attempt to extract foreigners.

If you aren't a citizen of Japan, it is always recommended keeping a note of the emergency phone numbers. Often when someone visits another country, one may come face to face with situations requiring assistance. For this and many other reasons, keeping a list of emergency phone numbers is a good idea. We provide you with a list of important emergency phone numbers that can prove to be of great help during emergencies in Japan.

Urgent 110 (Toll free)
Lost and Found (03) 3814-4151
General Information (03) 3501-0110 (Japanese/English)
(03) 3503-8484 (English & Several Other Foreign Languages)

Fire 119 (Toll free)
Ambulance 119 (Toll free)

Other Non-Emergency Numbers
Telephone Information 104 (Toll free)
Marine Emergency 118 (Toll free)
Tokyo Immigration Info (03) 3213-8523
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Consultation (03) 3503-8484
Japan Help Line 0120-461-997
AIDS Information 0120-461-995
Time 117 (Toll free)
Weather 117 (Toll free)

Note: All these emergency numbers can be called toll free from public telephones by pushing the red button on the front of the telephone and then dialing the number.

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