Education:Oita University Faculty of Medicine(1985)
1985-1995: Emergency hospitals in Osaka and Kanagawa
1997: National Okayama Medical Center, Pediatric Surgery
2001: Kawasaki Medical School Hospital
2003: Resumed medical activities in Myanmar
2004: Established JAPAN HEART
Message from Our Founder
An international health care organization with a new concept emerges. The entire world will witness teams of young people from this group dashing off to natural disasters. These youths offer help for the victims, whether at home or abroad, as if they were called by destiny. What a relief it would be to realize that we could leave our future in their hands!
The activities of Japan Heart are based on three distinctive ideas: simplicity, beauty and compassion. Our health care organization was born in Japan, therefore these three ideas are deeply influenced by our cultural view of the world. In Japan, we have “cha no yu” or tea ceremony, a traditional cultural art, which has been practiced for 500 years. Activities of our organization are the reflection of what “cha no yu” represents: lavish decorations are nowhere to be found, intangible beauty is right there within, and performers always bear compassion for others. Through our activities, we are embodying the essence of Japanese culture by means of our bodies and hearts.
Before concluding this message, let me share another thought of mine with you.
I want Japan Heart to value “empowerment of women” more than any other organization does, as I believe that the blossoming of women’s capabilities will profoundly benefit the world. When the women in our organization play pivotal roles in our missions, offering compassion as our mothers would tend to us, it should make a difference in healing the bodies and the hearts of ill-fated people in the world.
Happiness is obtained only when hearts are healed. And so, providing health care which can heal the hearts of people is our ultimate goal. Embracing this concept, Japan Heart will strive to provide health care that is capable of rescuing not only the bodies but also the hearts of the people in the world who need it most. We are here to help.
Who We Are
Japan Heart was founded in 2004 as a volunteer-based international health care organization. Dr. Hideto Yoshioka, the President, launched Japan Heart after treating patients abroad for years and realizing the need for improved health care services. Japan Heart initially began offering services in Myanmar, and has since expanded into Cambodia. Many medical professionals – particularly doctors and nurses – and volunteers are sent from Japan Heart to engage in health care activities in these countries. In addition to medical intervention, the diverse operations include: providing hygiene care, training local health care professionals, improving elementary and middle school infirmaries, running a facility to protect orphaned children from natural disasters as well as AIDS and other diseases, and training the visually impaired for social independence.
Domestically, Japan Heart dispatches nurses and other health care professionals to remote rural areas or isolated islands in
Various kinds of wonderful encounters have taught us that every single life is of value and irreplaceable.
No matter what we face, at the end of our lives, we believe that the meaning of our being will be carried on, beyond time and space, as if the warmth of one’s hand will be passed on from one to another.
Japan Heart, as one of the most reliable and promising international medical organizations, will never stop evolving in order to help bring everyone’s invaluable life into a brilliant future.
- We celebrate every encountering as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the moment, and thus commit ourselves to provide an excellent hospitality, through which all involved will find happiness and contentment.
- We sincerely listen to our caring instinct, and serve the disadvantaged who do not have access to medical care, with no discrimination by nationality, race, politics, religion, or circumstance.
- We do not measure our lives in terms of money, status, or fame. Instead, we act on what we believe is truly valuable; trust, compassion/consideration, appreciation, courtesy/moderation, and wisdom.
- Japan Heart’s initiatives and actions represent a project, where experienced individuals, and young people who possess capabilities and potential, collaborate to generate trends of the time, and create cultural and historical values.
- We shall acknowledge and respect who each of us is, believe in ourselves, and keep challenging ourselves for self-realization and social welfare.
- We must sincerely and deeply study our history, and try to live for the moment to the fullest while looking ahead to the future, so that we can contribute to social well-being both at home and abroad.
- In order to become the best international medical professionals, we shall keep our minds and bodies clean, never fail to pay careful attention to everyday life, understand that serving is our natural duty, do our best without ego and arrogance, and continue to improve ourselves day by day.
- ‘Quality’ is the most crucial value for us.
“Providing ｍedical care to areas where it is currently out of reach, wherever that may be.”
Our goal is to contribute to community development in Japan and abroad through health care and education. To reach our goal, we are committed to the following initiatives:
Dispatch health care professionals abroad.
Invite overseas health care professionals to Japan for training.
Deliver health care services abroad without compensation.
Provide educational assistance to people abroad.
Promote health care awareness in Japan and abroad.
Support health care in remote rural areas and on isolated islands in Japan.
Provide comfort services for gravely sick patients in Japan and abroad.
Engage in any other activities to make the goal achievable.
We are doing several activities even in Myanmar, Laos and Japan.
If you are interested in our activity, please check “Japan Heart Official Website“.