Improving Quality and Safety in Health Care Improving Quality and Safety in Health Care

The Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JQ) was established in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization which aims to improve Japan’s health care and welfare.

About Us


We perform activities from a neutral, scientific standpoint, holding ethics and autonomy in high regard, to improve both quality and safety in health care, and to ensure reliable health care system, thus contributing to the improvement of the nation’s health and welfare.

  • To build a relationship of mutual trust and cooperation with patients, families, healthcare providers, and all other related parties.
  • To deal with all matters in an unbiased, fair manner.
  • To ensure transparency and accountability to society.
  • To bring together our collective strength from a scientific and professional perspective, to support the improvement of quality and safety in health care.
  • To continually strive for higher standards.
Date founded July 27, 1995
Chair Hirobumi KawakitaMessage from the Chair
Address 1-4-17, Toyo Bldg., Kandamisaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 101-0061
Tel +81-(0)3-5217-2320
Fax +81-(0)3-5217-2327
Major Shareholders Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare/Japan Medical Association/ Japan Municipal Hospital Association/All Japan Hospital Association/ Association of Japanese Healthcare Corporations/Japan Psychiatric Hospitals Association/Japan Dentist Association/ Japan Nursing Association/Japan Pharmacist Association/ Japanese Society of Hospital Pharmacists/Japanese Federation of Health Insurance/All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations etc.


1995 Jul. The Japan Council for Quality Health Care is founded.
1997 Apr. Hospital accreditation project commences in full scale.
2001 Nov. The Patient Safety Promotion Council is established.
2002 Apr. The Medical Information Project (current EBM and Guidelines (Minds)) commences.
2003 Apr. The Patient Safety Promotion Project commences.
2004 Oct. The National Database of Medical Adverse Events Project commences.
2008 Oct. The National Database of Near-Miss Event in Pharmacy Project commences.
2009 Jan. The Japan Obstetric Compensation System for Cerebral Palsy commences.
2013 Apr. The Healthcare Quality and Sustainability Improvement Program commences.
2015 Jul. The Japan Council for Quality Health Care is rebranded by renewing the logo and organization’s abbreviation.