Message

Tadashi IWANAKA, Chairman

  When a child becomes ill and receives treatment 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 when their children become ill, they have fewer relatives to offer support that they may need. Furthermore, most pediatric inpatient facilities specialized in advanced medical care tend to be located in big cities, thus further increasing the burden on those who do not live there.
  An approach enabling and supporting parents and other family members to spend time with the sick child and become actively involved in the child's medical treatment and care is called Family-Centered Care. This approach is now emphasized in many pediatric hospitals, as they hope not only to treat the illness of children but also to respect the will of their families and provide them with the necessary care.
  To reach out to such families in need of support, we have Ronald McDonald Houses (RMH). RMH are more than just a place for families to stay. Most of RMH are located near hospitals, helping families spend a good amount of time with their sick children, so that those children do not feel alone even while in the hospital. Since local volunteers are involved in the operation of RMH, families can ask them and RMH staff whenever they need any help. In this way, RMH provide an environment where families can focus on accompanying and caring for their sick children while continuing to feel connected to society.
  In December 2023, we opened the Ronald McDonald Family Room, the first facility of its kind in Japan to support families accompanying their hospitalized children. It is a warm and welcoming space set up inside the hospital for families to relax, have a snack or take a break -- for a moment away from the medical space while still being close to their children. Creating an environment for families to give full attention to their children in as good a condition as possible will help to bring peace of mind and a smile on the faces of those children, while also empowering both children and their families to face the medical treatment with a positive mindset.
  We will continue to value this Family-Centered Care approach and strive for RMH's further development. Your continued support for RMHC Japan will be greatly appreciated.

We are a Team

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.

Mission of the Foundation

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;

  1. Building and operating houses to reach out to patient children and their families
  2. Fostering a culture of volunteering
  3. Creating a system where medical care is supported by society

Charter

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.

DMHC Supporting Family-centered Care

 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.

Overview

Name Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan
Address Shinjuku iLand Tower 6-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-6911-6068
FAX: 03-6911-6198
Objectives 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.
Projects
  1. 1) House Operation: Develop and operate accommodation facilities for families accompanying their children’s medical care
  2. 2) Volunteer awareness and advocacy: Advocate and raise awareness for volunteering to support sick children and their families. Training of volunteers.
  3. 3) Share Heart for Sick Kids project: Aiming to improve the quality of life of inpatient and outpatient children and bring smiles to their faces.
EstablishedApril 1, 1999
Administrative OfficeCabinet Office

Our People

TitleNameAffiliation
ChairmanTadashi IwanakaSaitama Prefectural Hospital Organization, Board Chairman
Chief Executive DirectorTakashi MitachiSpecial Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
Executive DirectorTakanori Kawanobe
Board MemberEtsuko KatoProfessor, International Christian University
Shigeru SumitaniPresident,
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,
RMHC Japan
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.
AuditorYoshimitsu TamaokiCPA
Takaaki NimuraCPA
CouncilorMitsuaki IsobePresident, Sakakibara Heart Insutitute
Tetsuya EbataPresident and CEO, All About Group
Yukiko OkumaProfessor,
International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School
Rieko ZammaPresident, Executive Producer, CANDID PRODUCE 
Yumiko NishimuraRepresentative,
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.
Chairman
Tadashi Iwanaka
Saitama Prefectural Hospital Organization, Board Chairman
Chief Executive Director
Takashi Mitachi
Special Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
Executive Director
Takanori Kawanobe
Board Member
Etsuko Kato
Professor, International Christian University
Shigeru Sumitani
President,
Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation Inc.
Miyoko Tanaka
Vice President,
Public Affairs Communications and Sustainability
Coca-Cola Japan Company, Ltd.
Toshiko Nagase
First Managing Director,
RMHC Japan
Tamotsu Hiiro
President and CEO, Representative Director, McDonald's Company (Japan), Ltd.
Michio Miyahara
Chairman and Representative Director, MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
Tomohiko Yasuda
Representative Director, President & CEO,Fuji Baking Group Co.,Ltd.
Kazuhiko Yokota
Representative Director, President & CEO, Starzen Co., Ltd.
Auditor
Yoshimitsu Tamaoki
CPA
Takaaki Nimura
CPA
Councilor
Mitsuaki Isobe
President, Sakakibara Heart Insutitute
Tetsuya Ebata
President and CEO, All About Group
Yukiko Okuma
Professor,
International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School
Rieko Zamma
President, Executive Producer, CANDID PRODUCE 
Yumiko Nishimura
Representative,
August Networks, Inc.
Masago Minami
Managing Director at The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Headquaters and Chief Officer at the Yomiuri Research Institute
Kenji Miyashita
President, Yakushinsobi LLC
Kayoko Miyata
Freelance Caster
Ichiro Yoshimoto
Director, GOLDWIN INC.

Our Relationship with McDonald's
McDonald’s has been a mission partner for Ronald McDonald House since 1974 when the first House in the world was built.

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.

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