Juliana.Rivers wrote: I think in Japan you used to be able to book yourself in for a full medical check in a hospital. they do a complete scan
I don't know about that (though I wouldn't be surprised), but there is an annual health check conducted at workplaces and via town halls (for those that don't work) where things like cholesterol and fasting glucose are monitored. Other tests don't happen annually (like a stomach cancer test--stomach cancer is relatively common in Japan), and some only kick in after you reach a certain age. Because of my family history of hypothyroidism, I can add thyroid tests without added cost. It's a really good system for preventative medicine, though I imagine quite expensive.