Welcome to Firststar Healthcare Co. Ltd.

Firststar Healthcare Co. Ltd. provides consulting services to hospitals, clinics, homes for the elderly and individuals, mainly in the following areas: Hiring strategy, retention strategy including employee surveys, funding assistance and new business creation.

Firststar also provides various training programs for medical staffs and managers, in order to assist healthcare organizations achieve their strategic goals.

We engage in permanent placements of healthcare professionals. 


Firststar was founded in August, 2010 and is headquartered in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan.

Meet Our Members

Firststar Healthcare’s management members have experience in working for American firms and Dutch / English firms, and therefore are familiar with non-Japanese management systems and are fluent in English.


Kuniko Nishikawa, President & CEO

Kuniko Nishikawa is President & CEO and the founder of Firststar Healthcare Co. Ltd.

Prior to founding Firststar, Kuniko served as President & CEO of Supernurse Co. Ltd., a nurse staffing company, for close to 10 years.

When she joined the company it was making a heavy loss but she turned it around to be profitable, and during her tenure revenues quadrupled.

Kuniko left Supernurse and founded Firststar Healthcare so that she can support the healthcare market in various fields, not limited to nurse staffing business.

Previously, Kuniko worked for AT Kearney Japan where she acted as project manager for various management consulting projects for financial institutions, including new business creation, M&A and transformation of IT organizations.

Before AT Kearney she worked for Citibank N.A. both in Tokyo branch and in NY Head office, and experienced various businesses including M&A, securitization and derivatives. Kuniko holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo.

She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is an Executive member (Kanji) at Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai).


We are happy to support any firms interested in entering the Japanese healthcare related market. Please contact info@firststarhc.com for details.