When your child receives medical care for his/her illness at a hospital far away from home, the family's life changes completely. The longer a child stays in a medical facility, the greater the financial, emotional, and physical burden on the family members who accompany or visit the child. In addition, families nowadays are smaller and have fewer relatives to support sick children and families when their children become ill. Furthermore, most pediatric inpatient facilities specialized in advanced medical care are often in big cities, further increasing the burden on those who do not live there.
An approach where parents and other family members spend time with the sick child and are actively involved in the child’s medical treatment and care and supporting them is called Family-centered Care. This approach is now emphasized in many pediatric hospitals. They hope not only to treat the illness of children when they become ill but also to respect the will of their families and provide them with the necessary care.
To reach out to such families, we have Ronald McDonald Houses (RMH). RMH is not merely providing accommodation. Most of our Houses are located near hospitals, helping families spend a good amount of time with their sick children to ensure children do not feel alone even while in the hospital. Since local volunteers are involved in the operation of the Houses, families can ask them and house staff whenever they need help. In this way, Ronald McDonald Houses are where families can focus on accompanying and caring for their children while feeling a connection with society.
We will continue to value the Family-centered Care approach and strive for the further development of Ronald McDonald House. We appreciate your continued support for RMHC Japan.
We operate 12 Ronald McDonald Houses across the country in close day-to-day coordination with our partner pediatric hospitals. Healthcare professionals and RMH are on a team to support children in need of medical care and their families.
Our mission is to offer children staying in the hospital and their families support for a better life.
We will contribute to the Foundation’s mission by;
There are 140,000 children across the country suffering from intractable diseases, and if we include their families, there are likely several times more people in need of help.
Families face a great deal of financial burden from the two lives at home and at the hospital and the emotional burden of the family being apart when their children have to stay in hospitals.
To provide even just a little support to such families, Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan was established. The Foundation builds accommodation facilities run by volunteers near the hospitals where children stay so that their families can spend some relaxing time with peace of mind.
Ronald McDonald House is a global project that operates over 380 houses around the world (as of May 2023.) As shown above, the purpose of this foundation is to contribute to creating a system for society as a whole to support the burden on patients' families.
In pediatric medical care, family-centered care is emphasized in order to support patients and their families, fulfilling their diverse needs. This approach places children's families at the core of medical care, respecting them as an integral part of the care team and valuing their participation in decision-making regarding medical care and treatment policies. In order to implement and promote this family-centered care, society as a whole must support families and medical care, and the Ronald McDonald House plays a crucial role in this circle of support.
Although our mission is not to provide direct medical care to children, we provide families a place to stay and attentive support to contribute to the realization of family-centered care and effective medical care, bringing smiles to the faces of sick children and their families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan|
Shinjuku iLand Tower 6-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoTEL: 03-6911-6068
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan is to contribute to pediatric care and family welfare by establishing and operating the needed low-cost accommodations near medical facilities to help support seriously ill children and their families, as well as to contribute to the establishment of a support system for Japan's medical care and welfare by providing help and promoting awareness to encourage volunteer activities in the medical field and welfare activities.|
April 1, 1999|
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Child Health and Development|
Chief Executive Director|
Special Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University|
Saitama Prefectural Hospital Organization, Board Chairman|
Professor, International Christian University|
President,Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation Inc.
Vice President,Public Affairs Communications and Sustainability
Coca-Cola Japan Company, Ltd.
First Managing Director,RMHC Japan
President and CEO, Representative Director, McDonald's Company (Japan), Ltd.|
Chairman and Representative Director, MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO., LTD.|
Representative Director, President & CEO,Fuji Baking Group Co.,Ltd.|
Representative Director, President & CEO, Starzen Co., Ltd.|
President, Sakakibara Heart Insutitute|
President and CEO, All About Group|
Professor,International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School
President, Executive Producer, CANDID PRODUCE|
Representative,August Networks, Inc.
Managing Director at The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Headquaters and Chief Officer at the Yomiuri Research Institute|
President, Yakushinsobi LLC|
Director, GOLDWIN INC.|
Takashi IgarashiPresident and Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Child Health and Development
Chief Executive Director|
Takashi MitachiSpecial Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
Tadashi IwanakaSaitama Prefectural Hospital Organization, Board Chairman
Etsuko KatoProfessor, International Christian University
Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation Inc.
Miyoko TanakaVice President,
Public Affairs Communications and Sustainability
Coca-Cola Japan Company, Ltd.
Toshiko NagaseFirst Managing Director,
Tamotsu HiiroPresident and CEO, Representative Director, McDonald's Company (Japan), Ltd.
Michio MiyaharaChairman and Representative Director, MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
Tomohiko YasudaRepresentative Director, President & CEO,Fuji Baking Group Co.,Ltd.
Kazuhiko YokotaRepresentative Director, President & CEO, Starzen Co., Ltd.
Mitsuaki IsobePresident, Sakakibara Heart Insutitute
Tetsuya EbataPresident and CEO, All About Group
International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School
Rieko ZammaPresident, Executive Producer, CANDID PRODUCE
August Networks, Inc.
Masago MinamiManaging Director at The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Headquaters and Chief Officer at the Yomiuri Research Institute
Kenji MiyashitaPresident, Yakushinsobi LLC
Kayoko MiyataFreelance Caster
Ichiro YoshimotoDirector, GOLDWIN INC.
When the first House was opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as McDonald’s had been a major supporter (collaborator), it was named Ronald McDonald House based on the character of Ronald McDonald.
Since then, the Ronald McDonald House Foundation and McDonald’s, from the standpoint of each being a different organization and company, have continued to work together to realize our mission of making life better for hospitalized children and their families in about 50 countries and regions around the world including Japan.
McDonald’s support is not only financial; it covers a wide range including volunteer and promotional activities, the setting up of donation boxes in McDonald’s restaurants, raising donations through mobile ordering and offering coupons with donations for Happy Meals. We are able to offer our services to millions of children and their families around the world and expand the range of our activities, thanks to McDonald’s enabling us to receive support from McDonald’s franchise company Owner Operators, suppliers, employees, customers and many others.
In addition to McDonald’s, we are being supported by many other supporting companies, organizations and community members. It gives us great joy to see that the Ronald McDonald House has led to the expansion of the circle of support to many companies and organizations and further support for children facing illnesses and their families.
We will continue to work together with many people to contribute to the creation of a system where pediatric care is supported by the community.