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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

Purpose of establishment

It is equally desired by those who receive healthcare, as well as those who provide it, that the public can enjoy appropriate, high-quality healthcare with peace of mind. The Japan Council for Quality Healthcare is a public interest incorporated association that aims to contribute to the improvement of the health and welfare of the public and, as a neutral and scientific third-party organization, carries out projects to improve the quality of healthcare and ensure reliable healthcare.


While placing a high value on ethics and autonomy, we will, from a neutral and scientific standpoint contribute to the health and welfare of Japanese citizens through projects which improve the quality and safety of healthcare and ensure healthcare we can trust.


We will strive for a society in which Japanese citizens can feel happier through receiving safe and high-quality healthcare without concern, and where our staff have high ambitions for society, and work widely within that society so that every individual can live a plentiful life, all while continuing a JQ organization that both grows and develops.

  • Creating relationships of trust with patients, families, healthcare providers and all related parties, and cooperating them accordingly.
  • Preserving complete fairness and impartiality.
  • Guaranteeing transparency and fulfilling our explanatory responsibilities to society.
  • Utilizing our overall capabilities from scientific and academic standpoints to support improvements to healthcare quality and safety.
  • Continuing to challenge ourselves to achieve ever-higher goals.
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.

Business and finance material


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.