Information for your physical and mental well-being in Ibaraki.
In an emergency, the number for the ambulance is 119. When calling an emergency number, it is usually best to have a Japanese person make the call. If none are available, make sure to leave your name, location, and phone number. Also make sure to contact your supervisor and a PA as soon as possible.
The Ibaraki International Association has English resources for medical services. You can find both English speaking doctors and hospitals with English support, rated for fluency.
Should you need to explain symptoms, they also offer a medical handbook full of translations for many medical problems.
Please visit their website and consult the Guidebook for Foreign Residents for more information.
The following is a list of free STD testing centers in Ibaraki. Please note they require a reservation done in Japanese. Additionally, it is likely none of the people working at the center will speak English. If possible, have a Japanese friend make the reservation or come with you to the testing center. If no one is available, Google translate can be your best friend, so make sure your phone is charged.
The following tests are available:
- Hepatitis B and C
They will conduct a blood and urine test, so to have the most accurate results refrain from urinating within an hour of the test or going when menstruating.
You can visit the test centers regardless of where you live. Reservations can be made form 9-12 or 1-5.
Results will not be given by phone, and you will have to visit the clinic a week or two after testing. Testing centers in Mito and Tsuchiura are capable of same day results, but only during day-time hours.
|Test Site||Day Hours||Night Hours||Phone Number||Address|
|Mito||Wednesday, 9-10||Every second Wednesday, 5-7||029-241-0100||水戸市笠原町993-2|
|Hitachi||Tuesday, 1:30-3||Every first Tuesday, 5-7||0295-22-4192||日立市助川町2-6-15|
|Itako||Tuesday, 1:30-3||Every first Tuesday, 5-7||0299-66-2174||潮来市大洲1446-1|
|Ryugasaki||Tuesday, 9-11||Every second Tuesday, 5-7||0297-62-2172||龍ヶ崎市2983-1|
|Tsuchiura||Thursday, 9-10||Every third Thursday, 5-7||029-821-5516||土浦市下高津2-7-46|
|Tsukuba||Tuesday, 9-10||Every fourth Tuesday, 5-7||029-851-9287||つくば市松代4-27|
|Chikusei||Wednesday, 9-11||Every fourth Wednesday, 5-7||0296-24-3965||筑西市甲114|
If you need to talk through any issues like culture fatigue, depression, anxiety, paranoia, or the like, please feel free to use any of these lines of support.
- Block Leaders: They are appointed to help the Prefectural Advisors in ensuring the safety and well-being of the JETs in their respective regions, as well as to promote their areas through social gatherings.
Northern Block (県北): Sam C.
Central Block (県央): Ludo D.
Eastern Block (県東): Emily W.
Southern Block (県南): Casey G.
Western Block (県西): Karen M.
Kasama Block (笠間): Rowelanne S.
- Prefectural Advisors
- Peer Support Group (PSG): This group is not related to CLAIR, but it is a network of JET participant volunteers affiliated to National AJET. A member of the PSG is available at night from 20:00 to 07:00, 365 days a year. All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous. The phone number is 050-5534-5566. For free, confidential Skype calls to PSG, add the user “AJETPSG”.
- Tokyo English Life Line (TELL): TELL is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1973. It offers free and anonymous phone counselling and information at 03-5774-0992 daily from 9:00am to 11:00pm.
JET Participant Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme
If you need to see a mental health specialist, CLAIR has created an assistance program that will reimburse half the cost of counselling services for up to 10,000 yen per financial year.
The program covers any assistance by counsellors or psychiatrists in Japan not covered by health insurance.
If you wish to apply for the subsidy, you must fill out the Assistance Programme Application Form and submit it to CLAIR through your contracting organisation along with your original receipt(s) and a copy of the inside cover of your bank book. You can obtain this form through your contracting organisation.
You must apply within the financial year that you received the services. The Japanese financial year begins April 1st and ends March 31st