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[Event Report] Health Policy Summit 2017

[Event Report] Health Policy Summit 2017
Health Policy Summit 2017



Health and Global Policy Institute held the Health Policy Summit 2017 on February 18, 2017 within the city of Tokyo.
This summit gathered many top leaders in the field of health policy, including medical specialists, and members of academia, the Government, corporations, and the media, in order to tackle three main topics: sustainability in health care; global health; and the future of health care.
From these three perspectives,lively discussions on future visions and urgent issues were carried out.

Keynote Address

Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Keynote address by Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki of Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare provided on future prospects of social security systems to stablilize stable growth in Japan, an ultra-aging society ranking among the top countries in the world in terms of life expectancy.  He gave his thoughts on healthcare plans and caregiving services with effective use of innovative technologies, such as big data and AI, from the perspective of patients, citizens, and users based on guidelines established two years ago by MHLW titled Japan Vision: Health Care 2035”.

Session 1 Sustainability of Japanese Health System

In the midst of constrained national financial resources, effective use of limited resources and sustainable social security system should be maintained. Striking a balance between investing on high priced drugs, health ICT, and innovation and maintaining sustainable financial resources has become a dilemma not only in Japan, but a problem experienced by many developed countries. Discussions among various stakeholders covered not only urgent issues such as simultaneous revision of treatment reimbursement and caregiving remuneration in 2018, but also involve mid to long term prospect and state of the healthcare field in general.


Shinsuke Amano
Executive Director, Japan Federation of Cancer Patient Groups

Yasuhiro Suzuki
Director General of Health Insurance Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)

Yoshitake Yokokura
President, Japan Medical Association; President-Elect, World Medical Association


Kohei Onozaki
Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute



Session 2   Japan’s Commitment to Global Health Policy

In 2016, Japan hosted G7 Ise-Shima Summit, and G7 Health Ministers Meeting in May and September respectively. The outcomes from each meeting strongly emphasized the critical role of global health and Japan’s commitment. In this session, we had a reflective discussion on the 2016 initiatives and prospects for the future of global health with key opinion leaders. As topics in the field of health policy and global health tend to involve issues that are both domestic and global in nature such as infectious disease, AMR, R&D, and globalized pharmaceutical industry. The role of each key stakeholder and ideal partnership mechanism for ongoing global health agendas were discussed.


Tamotsu Hiiro
President Johnson & Johnson K.K. and Medical Company

Hiroki Nakatani
Project Professor, Global Research Institute, Keio University

Naoko Yamamoto
Assistant Minister for Global Health and Health Industry Strategy, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)


BT Slingsby
CEO and Executive Director, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund





Session 3 The Future of Health with AI and Big Data

Human health has been redefined based on new evidences regarding the development of diagnostic tools via artificial intelligence and health data analysis through the active use of accumulative data based on health ICT. The creation of new technology and innovation is about finding ways to improve the already existing health system, making discoveries in current issues, tending to public concerns, and opening up new opportunities. Multi-stakeholders in industry, government, and academia proposed useful examples and topics from their respective fields along with discuss the future of healthcare based on innovation. In this session, HGPI’s public opinion survey on health ICT and remote health was presented.


Yoshihide Esaki
Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Naohiro Mitsutake
Associate Director, Institute for Health Economics and Policy

Takeo Nakayama
Professor, Department of Health Informatics; Vice Dean, Graduate School of Medicine; Dean, School of Public Health, Kyoto University.

Toshio Miyata
Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute


Seigo Hara
CEO, MICIN; Fellow, Health and Global Policy Institute






Closing remarks

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of HGPI, showed gratitude to all participants and presented the future vision of the world.

Co-hosted by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Global Health Innovation Policy Program (GHIPP)
Special sponsorship from Miraca Holdings
Sponsorship from Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)
Supported by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW); Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

(Photographed by: Kazunori Izawa)

Exhibition date:2017-02-18

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