A Uniquely Japanese Document: The Mother and Child Health Handbook
(Though I heard they have something similar in Korea. There also exist variations in Thailand, Indonesia and Holland.)
What is a Boshi Techo and why do I need one?
There is a bi-lingual version, Mother and Child Health Handbook, published by the Bureau of Public Health, Tokyo Municipal Government. Normally these handbooks are issued to a prospective mother when she registers her pregnancy at the municipal office. For those of you who do not have a Boshi Techo for each child, for example if your child was not born in Japan, a handbook can be obtained when registering a child at the municipal office for the dependent's alien registration card. It may also be possible to obtain a Boshi Techo at the local Health office. A non-registered alien can also register a pregnancy and obtain a handbook. The child is still entitled to immunizations according to the Child Bill of Rights.
The notarized handbook is the official one. Despite what some of us have been told, at the time of birth you may choose to have the bi-lingual one notarized instead of the Japanese one. These details are somewhat up to the discretion of your local government office. If your child is still in need of immunizations, then a handbook should be obtained and notarized (at the municipal office).
If your local ward office does not have your language in stock, then you can go directly to the source: tel: 03-5320-4372 Boshi Hokenka Office (Mother and Child Healthcare section of the Bureau of Public Health, Tokyo Municipal Government)
For people living outside Tokyo there are English only, Maternal and Child Health Handbook of Japan , and Chinese only versions published by the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning, Inc. (JOICFP), delivered upon request. The fee is 920 yen plus 180 yen for postage which you can pay at the post office after you have received the handbook. (We are not sure it can be used as an official document since it is not in Japanese. We are checking.)
Main telephone number: 03-3268-5875
This handbook is published under the supervision of Maternal and Child Health Division, Children and Families Bureau, Ministry of Health and Welfare.
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