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Japan

Information to work in this country is available from

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
1-2-2 kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8916. Japan
Tel: +81 3 5253 1111

Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare would consider individual applications before making a decision.

Official licensing body in the country

Foundation of Promoting Dental Care and Training
4-1-20 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo, 102-0073. Japan
Tel: +81 3 3262 3381

Special conditions that may apply for hygienists that obtain employment

Person who may not be acquired a license by the law of Dental hygienists.

  • The person who was sentenced to fine punishment more than it
  • The person who cannot perform duties by the obstacle of mind and body appropriately, which is established in Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare law
  • A drug, opium or Cannabis abuser
Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

The Japanese Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?

Yes.

Main local and/or official language(s)

Japanese. It is necessary to be fluent in this language.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

Yes. They have to sit Japanese national examination.

Qualifications of candidacy for a National examination

  • The person who is graduated from school of dental hygienist which is specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  • The person who is graduated from training school of dental hygienist which is specified by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
  • The person who is graduated from school of dental hygienist or acquired a license in abroad should be admitted that her or his knowledge and skill more than equal are possessed such as above-mentioned item 2 by the Minister of Health, Labour and welfare.
Information on the local working environment

Not more than 40 hours work per week. Hygienists are employed in dental practices, hospitals and public health centres.

A lot of people work as part-timers.

Standard tasks that hygienists are allowed to undertake in the country
  • As preventive dental curers and instructors, we provide appropriate measures to prevent dental diseases such as tooth decay or gum disease. We practice Scaling, Sealant, Fluoride, Plaque control, Nutritional counseling, Oral health education, etc to help patients maintain oral health.

  • Under the guidance of dentists in dental offices, we play an important role as a medical team member, such as assisting dentists or practicing part of a dental treatment.

  • Tooth decay and gum disease are illness caused from bad life habits. Therefore prevention is more important than the cure. Providing individual or group instructions in proper dental care to improve their Quality Of Life is needed for everyone in each of his or her life stage.

Country Statistics
Total Population 127,767 ,994
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male 228,137 / 10
Number of Dentists 99,426
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 160 / about 6,000
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time 96,442
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 93,909 / 2,533
Number of Dental Hygienists in independent practice 0
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians 92,223
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators 703
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants 2,533
Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings 983
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Information based on data received by IFDH in:

2011

 

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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.