Traditional/Complementary Medicine in Japan is dominated mostly by Kampo Medicine which is a modified version of Traditional Chinese Medicine. However only allopathic doctors are licensed, therefore only allopathic doctors are qualified to administer T/CM treatment, rendering T/CM as only an additional form of medicine (1). Courses in T/CM are usually in the form of certificates or as an addition to an allopathic course.

For accreditation purposes in Japan, there is a Certified Evaluation System. The evaluation of professional graduate schools is done by third-party evaluation organizations that have received certification from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The evaluations are disclosed publicly (2).

The organization involved in this country’s accreditation of courses currently in our database:


  1. WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Edited by G. Bodeker, C.K. Ong, C. Grundy, G. Burford, and K. Shein). Japan, World Health Organization 2005 (9241562862), 2005, 194-195
  2. MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Japan, (http://www.mext.go.jp, accessed June 2007)