A new Japanese medical school plans a Japanese hospital for medical tourists and a medical centre in Vietnam targeting Asian medical tourists.
Tokyo based International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) is a private group running the first new medical school in Japan for 38 years, with Japanese students plus foreign students from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia.
Technological, language and cultural barriers make many Japanese hospitals unappealing to medical tourists.
The IUHW base in Narita, Tokyo is is near an international airport. IUHW will open a new hospital there in 2020 with 640 beds, targeting medical tourists rather than locals. It will remotely conduct medical examinations of patients in foreign hospitals.