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Kobayashi Orthopedics Clinic

Director Keizo Kobayashi

Hyogo Prefecture
Message to young people
I won’t criticize your preference for wanting a stable life. But, if I have to choose between a “risky, but exciting life” and a “stable, but boring life,” I would definitely go with the former. It is indispensible to make the effort to be a genuine person to live through the current times.

When I was young I was shy, but I also did not like to lose. In elementary school I did not study hard except for my favorite subject, math, and I hung out with my friends until the evening. I was also active in track and field. I remember I wrote in the graduation yearbook that my dream was to become a doctor. My brother, who has a disability, also influenced my decision. In junior high, I tried to be successful both in my studies and in track and field. I could not succeed in track and field, however, due to an injury. I didn't go to a prep school and took the entrance exam of a high school, which is known as the hardest one in Japan to get into. However, I failed and went to a public high school. During my three years of high school, my grades were the highest every year. Despite this, I was not sure if I could be a doctor and I fell into a state of limbo. I finally made up my mind to be a doctor, and tried the entrance exam of a university that was the most difficult medical school in Japan. It proved too difficult and I switched to a lower-ranked university and eventually was able to pass that test.

Even though I passed the entrance exam, I wasn’t happy because I felt I deserved to pass it as I had studied so hard. At the time, my family was worried I would say I wanted to enter a harder university and take another entrance exam. After beginning university, I came to realize that it would be difficult to get a medical license and that I should study my hardest to obtain my medical license at the university that accepted me. To regain some of the self-confidence I had lost, I decided to graduate in six years and pass the examination for my medical license right away. I thought it better to put myself into a pressure situation to get it over with, rather than running from it.

After graduating from university, I worked at Kobe University Hospital and other related hospitals before opening up my own clinic in 2008. It required very strong determination because I was a total stranger to Kobe, where I wanted to open the clinic. But I chose the location to open my clinic to live and follow my own way of life. The Higashinada and Ashiya areas in Kobe are competitive battlegrounds, but I wanted to take on the challenge of opening in the area and seeing how I can do the job without an established reputation or local pull. I also made up my mind not to blame the bad economy, Japan’s medical system or my employees if I failed. Even if I were to lose everything, I was confident that I could do any kind of job to live, as long as I could stay healthy. I appreciate my wife for her understanding of my risky move and her letting me do it.

We don’t run too many tests or procedures on patients if we believe they are not necessary. That has been, and will continue to be, our clinic policy. We simply give patients the right amount of treatment or medicine. We don’t give patients medical treatment by the book, but provide custom treatment after listening carefully to them one by one. It would be my pleasure if our clinic earns your trust, after repeating all those things day by day.


Kobayashi Orthopedics Clinic
Hyogo Prefecture
Orthopedics clinic