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Contact Information Sheet

Contact Information Sheet
  • id
  • date
    2010-11-11
  • Geographical Area
    Asia
  • Jurisdiction
    Japan
  • Organisation
    Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Address

    Postal Address

    Director of Nursing Division, Health Policy Bureau

    Ministry of Health, Labour  & Welfare

    Chuo Godo Chosha 5 go-kan,1-2-2 Kasumingaseki, Chiyoda-ku

    Tokyo, 100-8916

    JAPAN

    Location Address

    Director of Nursing Division, Health Policy Bureau

    Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare

    Chuo Godo Chosha 5 go-kan ,1-2-2 Kasumingaseki, Chiyoda-ku

    Tokyo, 100-8916

    JAPAN

  • Phone
    +81 3 5253 1111
  • Fax
    +81 3 3591 9073
  • Email
  • Website
  • Contact Point
    Kazuko IWASAWA
    Director of Nursing Division, Health Policy Bureau
  • Regulatory Body

    The responsibility for the registration of nurses lies with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. To practice nursing one must obtain a license from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.

    Regulation of Midwife (1899-), Regulation of Nurse(1915-), and Public Health Nurse(1941-) existed before World War Ⅱ.  Following the end of World War II, under the control of GHQ (General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers), Japan adopted the Public Health Nurse, Midwife and Nurse Law (1948) as a new law concerning nursing professionals. It defines its objectives as "improving the quality of public health nurses, midwives and registered nurses, and proliferating / enhancing medical care and public sanitation".

    Today, professional nursing qualifications, officially recognized in Japan, are "Public Health Nurse", "Midwife", "Registered Nurse" and "Assistant Nurse". The above Law defines the terms and scope of duties for each qualification (Article 2-5).

  • Health System

    Japan has one of the most comprehensive health-care systems in the world, characterized by national health insurance, extremely low infant-mortality rates, and one of the world's highest life-expectancy rates.

    There are trends in terms of both health insurance and long-term care insurance towards primary prevention. There are 8,739hospitals,  99,635clinics.(data updated on 1st Oct, 2009 ) and 3,175 health centers (data updated on 2010).

    Abridged Life Tables For Japan 2009

    http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/database/db-hw/lifetb09/index.html

  • Map
    35.817813158696616, 138.1640625
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