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Bringing Medications to Japan

Laws regarding the use of medications vary by country. Some well-known medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) are controlled or prohibited in Japan.


Please visit the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare page providing information for those who want to bring medicines to Japan for personal use.

The page details the policies regarding which types of medications can be brought into Japan and in what quantities. Contact information is provided (at the bottom) for the various offices that can assist with questions you may have based on your port of entry into Japan.

We recommend that students begin evaluating their health needs well in advance of their departure for Japan. In some cases, adjustments to current treatments may be necessary due to Japanese law.