Working in Japan with a UK medical qualification?

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Hello! I’ve previously done a lot of research into this topic but I’d love to hear from experts and people who have gone through this experience. It is tough to find the answers and I often feel alone, but I know there must be others in a similar situation to me.

I am a japanese citizen however I grew up in the British system, graduating with A levels (Biology, Chemistry, Maths). It seemed fit for me to to study in the UK even though I am Japanese, thus made the decision to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham in September 2020 after a gap year. I want to study in the UK because I believe the education there is of a high standard and it would’ve been difficult for me to learn everything I had learnt during A levels in Japanese or even get into a Japanese Medical School. I am fluent in Japanese but the medical terms required I am not familiar with.

I am aware that it is difficult to work as a foreign doctor in Japan. But I would like to one day work in my home country. What would that journey look like? Even with the required transferring of qualifications and medical/language examinations, would I only be able to treat foreign doctors?

I know it is difficult to predict what the world would be like in around 10 years time (when I graduate medical school). My father believed Japan would be more open to foreign doctors but with the recent coronavirus, countries seem to be leaning towards an internalised local focus.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
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https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...%20nationality.

Currently, doctors from the U.S., the U.K., France and Singapore can practice in Japan without a Japanese medical license under bilateral agreements with those nations, but they can only see patients of their own nationality.
You would need a japanese medical license which involves sitting an exam. You would need to have near fluent level of Japanese to pass it.
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Hi MalcolmX,

Thank you for your response.

In the article it states that doctors ‘can practice in Japan without a Japanese medical license under bilateral agreements with those nations’ but they are limited to treating their own nationality. However with a japanese medical license, are you able to treat Japanese patients?
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But why
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Hi MalcolmX,

Thank you for your response.

In the article it states that doctors ‘can practice in Japan without a Japanese medical license under bilateral agreements with those nations’ but they are limited to treating their own nationality. However with a japanese medical license, are you able to treat Japanese patients?
i assume so, but i cannot be sure because there isn't much written about the process of foreigners getting a japanese medical license.
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Hello! I’ve previously done a lot of research into this topic but I’d love to hear from experts and people who have gone through this experience. It is tough to find the answers and I often feel alone, but I know there must be others in a similar situation to me.

I am a japanese citizen however I grew up in the British system, graduating with A levels (Biology, Chemistry, Maths). It seemed fit for me to to study in the UK even though I am Japanese, thus made the decision to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham in September 2020 after a gap year. I want to study in the UK because I believe the education there is of a high standard and it would’ve been difficult for me to learn everything I had learnt during A levels in Japanese or even get into a Japanese Medical School. I am fluent in Japanese but the medical terms required I am not familiar with.

I am aware that it is difficult to work as a foreign doctor in Japan. But I would like to one day work in my home country. What would that journey look like? Even with the required transferring of qualifications and medical/language examinations, would I only be able to treat foreign doctors?

I know it is difficult to predict what the world would be like in around 10 years time (when I graduate medical school). My father believed Japan would be more open to foreign doctors but with the recent coronavirus, countries seem to be leaning towards an internalised local focus.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Right... I am having this exact issue. There is a lack of information about this process
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Hello! I’ve previously done a lot of research into this topic but I’d love to hear from experts and people who have gone through this experience. It is tough to find the answers and I often feel alone, but I know there must be others in a similar situation to me.

I am a japanese citizen however I grew up in the British system, graduating with A levels (Biology, Chemistry, Maths). It seemed fit for me to to study in the UK even though I am Japanese, thus made the decision to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham in September 2020 after a gap year. I want to study in the UK because I believe the education there is of a high standard and it would’ve been difficult for me to learn everything I had learnt during A levels in Japanese or even get into a Japanese Medical School. I am fluent in Japanese but the medical terms required I am not familiar with.

I am aware that it is difficult to work as a foreign doctor in Japan. But I would like to one day work in my home country. What would that journey look like? Even with the required transferring of qualifications and medical/language examinations, would I only be able to treat foreign doctors?

I know it is difficult to predict what the world would be like in around 10 years time (when I graduate medical school). My father believed Japan would be more open to foreign doctors but with the recent coronavirus, countries seem to be leaning towards an internalised local focus.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
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MalcolmX

Right... I am having this exact issue. There is a lack of information about this process
i think you should contact the japanese medical association. https://www.med.or.jp/

they will probably have more information.
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i think you should contact the japanese medical association. https://www.med.or.jp/

they will probably have more information.
Seems like a wise thing to do. Thank you very much for your help!
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