If you have a fever…
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The Ochanomizu University Health Care Center supports the health of international students
We provide support to ensure that students can concentrate on their studies in good health. Examinations, administration of medication, treatment of injuries and consultations are free.
Ochanomizu University Health Care Center(J)
An International Student Health Checkup is carried out for all international students in early November each year. Do not miss this opportunity, as health checkups for exchange students, Japanese studies students, and research students are available only once a year. Health checkups for all regular students are carried out in mid-April as well.
<Useful websites, etc., for finding medical institutions>
Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center (Consultation Staff)
TEL: 03-5285-8181 (Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00)
English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Spanish spoken
Tokyo International Communication Committee
Comprehensive Living Guide for Foreign Residents in Japan (Medical Services)
National Health Insurance is a system in which you can receive partial payment of necessary benefits in the case of an illness or injury by paying a fixed premium. Regardless of how long you plan to stay in Japan, if your resident status is “Student,” be sure to enroll in National Health Insurance. Once you enroll, you will be issued a health insurance card, which you can show to pay only 30% of the cost of medical treatment and medicine. Note that the scope of coverage is specified by National Health Insurance. If you do not enroll, you will be required to pay the full cost of treatment when you receive healthcare.
How to enroll:
Submit your Alien Registration Card or Resident Card at your local government office and follow the procedure. Insurance premiums vary to a small degree by municipality and by your status (e.g., whether you are single or married). For details, ask your local government office. After applying for National Health Insurance, please bring your health insurance card to the International Affairs Office.
If you move residence or get married and your address, name, or the head of your household changes, visit your local government office within 14 days and follow the procedure to change your health insurance card. You will need to bring your current health insurance card and Alien Registration Card or Resident Card with you.
Japan Study Support: Be sure to enroll National Health Insurance
Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, Tokyo: Overview of National Health Insurance (J)
When a subscriber to National Health Insurance pays more than 35,400 yen in medical expenses to the same institution within the same month, the amount exceeding 35,400 yen will be reimbursed later. Request reimbursement at your local government office.
Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, Tokyo: What To Do When Medical Expenses are High (J)
This is a supplemental accident insurance scheme in case you suffer an injury in an accident while traveling to and from the university or taking part in education and research activities at the university. Undergraduate, graduate, and research students can enroll in the scheme. Enrollment periods are April and October. You will need to pay an insurance premium when signing up. For details, contact the Student and Career Support Office.
Ochanomizu University Student Support Center: Day-to-day Life Support (J)
Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (J)
These insurance schemes cover a wide range of accidents for which you may be required to pay compensation, such as bicycle accidents in daily life and accidents during classes, at university events, or when undertaking practical training. For details, contact the “Ochanomizu University Consumers’ Cooperative Association (Ocha-coop)”.
Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (J)
While natural disasters cannot be avoided, we can minimize damage by being prepared.
Japan is prone to earthquakes. The important thing in an earthquake is to stay calm. To avoid problems during emergencies, check beforehand where evacuation areas are located both at the university and in your neighborhood. Another good way to prepare yourself is to visit a Life Safety Learning Center, where you can experience an earthquake and evacuation drill.
Life Safety Learning Center: Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center (J)
Preparing an emergency kit at home is also effective. Pack items useful when evacuating, such as emergency food, a helmet, a radio, and sneakers. Just packing a kit isn’t enough. Be sure to inspect the contents regularly. Check that food items have not exceeded their expiration date, and replenish any items that are missing.
Typhoons occur in Japan between May and November, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. They come closest to Japan between August and October, with some even moving inland. During torrential rains, a large amount of rain falls over a small area. These heavy rains and thunder can occur at any time of the day and last for several hours.
Recently, the metropolitan area has seen a type of torrential rain referred to as “guerrilla downpours,” which sometimes cause damage. In either situation, keep a close eye on the news and check whether public transportation is operating. Also, move items on your veranda indoors so that they are not blown away, and shut the door and all windows to keep rain from seeping in.
<Useful websites for preparing for natural disasters>
Mobile Safety Guide for Foreign Residents
Tokyo International Communication Committee: Comprehensive Living Guide for Foreign Residents in Japan(Typhoon/torrential rain)
Tokyo Metropolitan Disaster Prevention Map
TMG’s Disaster Prevention Information
Let us check how to deal with thefts, fires and bicycle accidents in advance.
Theft and luggage lifting can occur on campus. Please take care not to leave personal items unattended, even momentarily. Always keep valuables on your person.
Even when at home, keep your door locked at all times, and check who’s visiting before opening the door. It’s also a good idea to put an additional lock on your door and windows.
In case of theft on campus, promptly notify the Student and Career Support Office.
In case of theft off campus, call the police or report to a nearby Koban police box. Dial “110” to call the police. The number can also be called from mobile phones.
If your credit card or bankbook is stolen, contact the credit card company or bank immediately.
Tokyo International Communication Committee: Comprehensive Living Guide for Foreign Residents in Japan(Traffic accident, theft, lost and found)
Choose heating appliances after having fully understood the different types and the precautions required in handling them. If you receive a secondhand heating appliance from a friend or buy one at a recycling shop, confirm it is safe before using it. Take sufficient care also when cooking so as not to start a fire.
But if the fire continues to grow, stop and evacuate.
Tokyo International Communication Committee: Comprehensive Living Guide for Foreign Residents in Japan(Fire)
If you get involved in a car accident, always call the police and provide them with the following information. Dial “110” to call the police. The number can also be reached by mobile phone.
Convey the following information once the police officer arrives.
In the event of a traffic accident, if the person at fault (the other driver) tries to reach a private settlement with you then and there (resolving the incident through negotiation), do not agree. You may not notice any injuries immediately after the accident, but physical pain and other aftereffects may emerge later on. Agreeing to a private settlement without calling the police could be a disadvantage for you the victim as the police will not issue a certificate of the accident, and you cannot claim insurance benefits without it.
Please also report any accidents to your academic advisor.
With the rise in awareness about health and the environment, more people are riding bicycles. But not all roads in Japan are necessarily friendly to cyclists. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of collisions between car and bicycle, bicycle and pedestrian, and bicycle and bicycle. These accidents are becoming more serious. There has been a case in which an international student at Ochanomizu University collided with a car near the lodging. Please be careful when riding a bicycle so as not to allow an accident to interfere with your studies.
First help the victim. Then call the police. Even if the other person’s (or your own) injuries are minor, always exchange contact information. Please also report any accidents to your academic advisor.
Japan Study Support: Keep the Bicyclists’ Rule for Safe Driving
Japan Study Support: Lectures for Foreign Students on Disaster Control