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Tokutei kenshin (specific medical checkup)

Before your health deteriorates and your body starts to give you warning signals, take the tokutei kenshin ("specific medical checkup") to help monitor your health.

Formally called tokutei kenko shinsa, the tokutei kenshin is the specific medical checkup that can tell you how healthy you really are. People who are between 40 and 74 years of age can take this medical checkup to prevent developing metabolic syndrome. If you fall in this age group, even if you think you are healthy or see a doctor regularly, it is advisable that you take it before you develop advanced metabolic syndrome and/or in order to improve your lifestyle habits. Checkup items include a medical interview, physical measurements, blood pressure/blood sugar/fat measurements, and liver function/urine tests.

What is the tokutei kenshin (specific medical checkup) and tokutei hoken shido (specific health guidance)?

The specific medical checkup is a medical examination that is designed with a focus on metabolic syndrome. When the exam results show that the examinee is at high risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases, but their conditions could improve if given proper guidance, they will receive assistance in reviewing their lifestyle for improvement (specific health guidance).

What are the advantages of having the specific medical checkup?

How you can take the specific medical checkup:

Salaried workers (who have health insurance) themselves Taking an annual health checkup at your workplace will automatically mean you have undertaken it. Should the results require follow-up, your medical insurance provider will send you a notice for specific health guidance.
Dependents (spouse, etc.) of salaried workers (who have health insurance) Go to the medical institutions designated by your health insurance to take it. Should the results require follow-up, your medical insurance provider will send you a notice for specific health guidance.
People who have National Health Insurance Take the one given by your municipality. (Different municipalities have different procedures, so please ask your municipality for details.)

For more details about the specific medical checkup, please click here.
Promotion poster of "Specific Medical Checkup" (PDF/542KB)
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Website page on this subject
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Website on how to prevent metabolic syndrome
Flow of "Specific medical checkup" Procedure (PDF)

(Effective October 2012)

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