It has been for a while since Chatchai has moved to Japan for his work.
It’s been almost a month since you came to Tokyo. How do you like living here so far?
I am getting used to it little by little.
I have one concern right now, though.
What is that about?
I need to find a hospital who understands Thai. My wife does not speak Japanese well. I want to find a family doctor, hopefully in the area close to our home.
How about calling the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center? It is a telephone information service and is available in foreign languages.
Do they speak Thai?
Yes. They help foreigners search for a hospital or clinic in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish in addition to Thai.
That sounds very helpful. Do you know the number for it?
Sure. I remember calling them to ask questions in Spanish when I just moved to Japan and caught a cold. The service is open on Saturdays and Sundays as well.
Chatchai later called the information service. He looks very happy as he tells Carlos about his experience.
I called the number you gave me. I was impressed by their kind support in Thai.
So did you find a doctor you were looking for?
Yes, I was able to find a clinic that accepts Thai-speaking patients within walking distance from our house.
That’s good! It is a big relief to know a hospital where you don’t have to worry about languages.
I am glad that I was able to solve one of my worries. Thanks for your help!