To call an ambulance in Japan dial 119. Public phones are also equipped with red emergency call buttons. Most operators understand English if it is spoken slowly.
Japan Helpline (0120 461 997) offers 24-hour English-language emergency services, including phone support for health questions and minor injuries.
Ambulance service is free in Japan, but due to the country´s dense population, the nearest emergency ward may be full. If that is the case, incoming patients are rejected. Ambulance drivers will divert to the next most convenient hospital, repeating as necessary until they find an emergency room with space. This is a controversial policy, one that leads to several tragedies per year when patients with seemingly minor ailments (especially pregnant women and the elderly) are rejected by hospital after hospital.