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How to get a Japanese Medical Doctor's License in Japan

There are two patterns by which a Foreign Medical Doctor who graduates from a medical school in a Foreign Country can get a Japanese Medical Doctor's License in Japan.

Pattern A

  Those who are accepted after submitting their application and have Japanese language ability are eligible to take the National Board of Medical Doctors Examination (NBME): the protocol is as follows:
  •  Application
  •  Assessment of Japanese medical treatment ability
  •  Preliminary NBME
  •  NBME

Pattern B

  1. Those who are accepted after submitting their application are eligible to take the Preliminary NBME.
  2. After they pass the preliminary examination, they need to complete over 1 year of training for medical treatment and public hygiene.
  3. Then, they are eligible to take the NBME. The protocol is as follows:
    •  Application
    •  Preliminary NBME
    •  Over 1 year of training for medical treatment and public hygiene
    •  NBME
Juntendo University is certified as one of the Over 1 year of training facilities, you can apply after passing the Preliminary Examination. There are many cases where Foreign Medical Doctors who have been trained at Juntendo University pass the NBME
For more information about Pattern A and Pattern B, please check the homepage of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, "Qualification for taking NBME for Foreign Medical Doctors" (in Japanese).
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/topics/2005/10/tp1005-1.html