Finding a Doctor
The JHI website offers many services regarding Japan's medical system. The site is built around explaining the Japanese Healthcare system and where to start. They have a database of useful medical terms and cover a wide variety of topics in their FAQ section.
In addition to providing information, they can also find you an English speaking clinic (for a small fee) as well as offering home STD Testing Kits ranging from 8,000 to 18,000 yen that can be ordered online.
Their hours are Monday through Fridays from 9:00 to 17:00 (closed on official holidays) and they communicate via e-mail.
The U.S. Embassy has collected legal information that pertains specifically to Americans seeking medical care in Japan as well as a list of medical facilities with English capabilities that is searchable by type of medical professional and prefecture. Most prefectures are included and at least one from each block is provided.
The AMDA provides a medical information hotline available in many languages as well as telephone interpretation. To set-up an interpreter, it is advised to call beforehand and inform them of the situation as well as getting permission from your doctor.
The Tokyo centre is 03-5285-8088 and operates everyday from 9:00 to 20:00 in English, Thai, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Portuguese is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 to 17:00 and Tagalog is available on Wednesdays from 13:00 to 17:00.
The Osaka Center is 050-3598-7574, and it operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 in English, Chinese, and Spanish.
NB: You do not have to be in Tokyo or Osaka to utilise the hotline.
If you require assistance understanding and filling out Japanese medical forms, visit the Multilingual Medical Questionnaire webpage here for free downloadable .pdfs for a wide range of medical departments (from dentistry to otolaryngology). The website offers translations and explanations of numerous terminologies from Japanese to over a dozen languages.