CPR and AED Seminars

In July 2004 Japan authorized operation of automated external defibrillators (AED) by the general public. Following this, Nihon Kohden began offering CPR and AED training to the public. These seminars have helped to educate the public in CPR and AED which have been increasingly used in saving lives.
In FY2021, we held not only face-to-face lectures but also online  to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Number of AED lectures and participants in FY2021 in Japan: 
    Face-to-face: 120 lectures /1,229 people
    Online: 105 lectures /1,097 people

AEDs at Business Sites around Japan

Nihon Kohden has placed AEDs at around 100 of its business sites in Japan. All Nihon Kohden employees attend CPR and AED training as part of our effort to ensure safety and preparedness not only of our employees but for the local community as well.

Supporting the Tokyo Marathon

Nihon Kohden has provided AEDs for use during the race every year since the Tokyo Marathon was first held in 2007. Nihon Kohden has also become an OFFICIAL PARTNER of the marathon and each year many employees serve as volunteer staff.

©Tokyo Marathon Foundation
©Tokyo Marathon Foundation

Supervision of Gashapon Miniature AEDs for AED Promotion and Education

Nihon Kohden was involved in supervision of Gashapon Miniature AEDs, capsule toys developed by BANDAI CO., LTD.
We became involved in supervision of the capsule toys from an educational perspective—providing people who have never seen the contents of an AED and never touched one with an easy opportunity to get close to and learn about AEDs. The Gashapon Miniature AEDs enable a wide range of people from children to adults who ordinarily do not have contact with AEDs to experience firsthand their method of use. The capsule toy user manual also explains the actual way to use an AED.

Saving lives through rapid lifesaving activities using AEDs

In July 2021, three employees at sales office in Shizuoka received a letter of appreciation from the fire department for their lifesaving activities using Nihon Kohden’s AED. Three employees commented, “I believed that if I acted calmly, the patient should be resuscitated,” “As the only AED manufacturer in Japan, I was able to help save lives,” and “Using the AED in front of me made me realize once again how amazing AEDs are, and I am glad that our AED was successful in saving lives.” On this occasion, the patient collapsed in front of our office, which is equipped with an AED, so the instant use of the AED and the quick response of the three employees was led to saving the patient’s life.
At Nihon Kohden, all employees participate in training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an AED to ensure prompt lifesaving activities. In addition, Nihon Kohden has placed AEDs at all of our approx. 100 business sites in Japan to provide the safety and security for nearby residents. As a manufacturer of resuscitation equipment, we will continue to promote CPR education and the widespread use of AEDs with the aim of improving the survival rates.

Commendation by the Chief of Chiyoda Fire Station, Shizuoka City Fire Department
Commendation by the Chief of Chiyoda Fire Station, Shizuoka City Fire Department

Rendezvous Point for Medical and Disaster Relief Helicopters

Nihon Kohden’s Tomioka Production Center and Tomioka 2nd Factory are designated as a rendezvous point for medical and disaster relief helicopters. As part of this initiative, we cooperate with local fire departments and hospitals to help support regional emergency medical needs.

Donation of Used Medical Equipment to Training Schools for Clinical Engineers

Recently, the sophistication of medical equipment has been increasing at the same fast rate as advances in information and communication technology (ICT). Training schools for clinical engineers have not kept pace, with some schools still using dated equipment for educational purposes. For safety, Nihon Kohden discards or updates a lot of equipment that could be refurbished and used for teaching purposes. In FY2014 we started donating such refurbished equipment to schools in Japan.



Products Donated

Total Units


8 schools

Patient monitors, defibrillators, ECGs



16 schools

Patient monitors, EEGs, defibrillators, ECGs, hematology analyzers



6 schools

EEGs, defibrillators, ECGs



1 school




1 school

Air compressor for ventilator



1 school



Adopted as JICA’s Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Mexico

The AED Promotion Project proposed by Nihon Kohden was adopted as a Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for the Social and Economic Development of Developing Countries in the second round of publicly-invited contests organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in FY2015.
Electroshocks given through the defibrillator is the only method for treating ventricular fibrillation, one of the causes of sudden cardiac death. This project is intended to widely disseminate BLS* using an AED, an effective method for improving the resuscitation rate, in order to prevent sudden cardiac death caused by acute myocardial infarction, which is increasing in Mexico.
In June 2018, BLS trainers courses were provided for staff at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In the future, the local trainers who took this course will conduct the BLS provider courses in Mexico. We expect that BLS using AEDs will be disseminated widely and contribute to a decrease in sudden cardiac death in Mexico.

  • BLS (basic life support) is an initial lifesaving measure carried out by those present out on site with a potential cardiopulmonary arrest patient before the arrival of an emergency medical service or a doctor.

Initiatives for Promoting Advanced Perioperative Medical Care in Vietnam

Promoting perioperative medical care~{*1} equivalent to Japanese medical services in emerging countries will have a significant effect on improving cure rates. The project for promoting the use of Nihon Kohden's noninvasive monitor in perioperative medical care was adopted as a three-year project under the FY2016 project to promote international medical development by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Nihon Kohden aims to improve the quality of medical care by spreading its own technology to Vietnam.
As Vietnam is aging faster than Japan and the number of patients with acute myocardial infarction and intracerebral hemorrhage is increasing, noninvasive monitors (esCCO~{*2}) have attracted a great interest. About 1,200 people, including anesthesiologists and clinical engineers, attended the special lecture by Japanese doctors held at the conference of the Vietnam Society of Anaesthesiologists in Vietnam.
We will continue to engage in activities aimed at contributing to safe and high quality perioperative management in Vietnam.

  1. Perioperative medical care: integrated care across the full patient pathway before, during and after surgery.
  2. esCCO: estimated Continuous Cardiac Output
    A technology which can calculate estimated continuous cardiac output non-invasively based on an electrocardiogram and the pulse waves obtained from pulse oximetry.
Special Lecture in Vietnam & Participants Listening Intently
Special Lecture in Vietnam & Participants Listening Intently