Living in a foreign culture where you are not familiar with the language will involve a lot of inconveniences and difficulties. This so-called "language barrier" may seem especially high when you need medical attention for your illness or injury. MIC Kanagawa's founding mission and goal is to "create a society where everyone can enjoy full access to medical services, regardless of their race, nationality or cultural background."
If you are residing in Japan for longer than three months, it is mandatory to be enrolled in the Japanese health insurance system even if you have travel insurance or are covered by your insurance back home.
You may search for an appropriate medical facility over the phone or on the Internet based on the location, areas of specialties, and available languages. You may also want to ask your neighborhood friends to see if they can recommend any local clinics.
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Emergency telephone numbers can be called from home phones, mobile phones and public phones. When making an emergency call from a public phone, neither money nor a pre-paid telephone card are necessary.