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[Registration Closed] (Hybrid format) The 111th HGPI Seminar – Critical Thinking – How Outliers are Changing Japan (January 19, 2023)

[Registration Closed] (Hybrid format) The 111th HGPI Seminar – Critical Thinking – How Outliers are Changing Japan (January 19, 2023)

Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan health policy think tank established in 2004. In its capacity as a neutral think tank, HGPI has continuously pursued its mission of achieving citizen-centered health policy since its establishment by organizing discussions that involve a broad range of stakeholders to generate policy options for society.

These efforts have earned HGPI high recognition in Japan and around the world. In the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report presented by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, HGPI ranked second in the “Domestic Health Policy Think Tanks” category and third in the “Global Health Policy Think Tanks” category.

For the upcoming 111th HGPI Seminar, HGPI Chairman Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa will discuss the content of his new book, titled Critical Thinking – How Outliers are Changing Japan, as well as touch upon HGPI’s past and peer ahead at its future prospects. This event will be held in a conversational format and also feature HGPI CEO and Board Member Mr. Ryoji Noritake.

While outlining the roles that can only be shouldered by a non-profit, independent, non-partisan, private health policy think tank like HGPI, Dr. Kurokawa will discuss education in Japan, which has been left behind by the modern age; Japan’s science and technology; the three lost decades; and the path forward for revitalizing the country. As the G7 Hiroshima Summit will soon be held in May 2023, he will also share his knowledge on key future topics in health policy for Japan and the world.

*Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.



[Event Overview]

■ Speakers:
Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, HGPI)
Ryoji Noritake (CEO and Board Member, HGPI)

■ Dates & time: Thursday, January 19, 2023; 19:00 – 20:30 JST

■ Format: Hybrid format (Zoom webinar and in-person lecture at Global Business Hub Tokyo)
Venue: North or Central Field, Global Business Hub Tokyo
(Global Business Hub Tokyo Grand Cube 3F, Otemachi Financial City, 1-9-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004)

* The registration for on-site participation has been closed. We are still accepting online registration, please use the registration form linked above.

  • Please note in advance that the in-person event may be canceled depending on the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Various countermeasures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 will be taken at the venue so all attendees can participate safely and with peace of mind. Venue capacity will be limited, attendees will have their body temperatures checked at the reception desk, and all visitors will be asked to disinfect their hands with alcohol upon arrival. In addition, the venue will be laid out for adequate physical distance among attendees and microphones and other equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

■ Language: Japanese

■ Participation fee: Free

■ Capacity:
In-person: 50 people
Online: 500 people

■ Reference:
Critical Thinking – How Outliers are Changing Japan by Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Published October 25, 2022 by The Mainichi Newspapers)

■ Profiles:
Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, HGPI)
Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine. From 1969 to 1984, he lived in the United States where he served as Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. His other positions have included Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Tokyo; Dean, School of Medicine, Tokai University; President, Science Council of Japan (2003-2006); Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office (2003-2006); Special Advisor, Cabinet Office (2006-2008); and Commissioner, World Health Organization (WHO) (2005-2009). He also served as Chairman of the National Diet of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (2011-2012), Chair and Representative Director of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) (2013-2018), and as Special Advisor on Health and Medical Strategy at the Cabinet Secretariat Headquarters for Healthcare and Medical Strategy Promotion (2013-2019). Dr. Kurokawa’s current positions include Vice Chair and Committee Member of the World Dementia Council (WDC) and Chairman of the Investigative Committee on AI Simulation for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Countermeasures. He has been named professor emeritus at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and the University of Tokyo and as a Distinguished Professor of Tokai University.

Ryoji Noritake (CEO and Board Member, HGPI)
Mr. Ryoji Noritake joined HGPI when it was initially established, leading projects for various causes such as supporting global collaboration among patient advocacy organizations and providing support for disaster relief. He then joined an international NGO where he worked on projects on providing support to disaster-stricken areas and health promotion through public-private collaboration in the Asia Pacific region. He has also participated in numerous programs for civil-military coordination, particularly medical humanitarian projects from the U.S. Navy. His other roles have included Working Group Member, Expert Consultation on Impact Assessment as a tool for Multisectoral Action on Health, World Health Organization (WHO) (2012); Visiting Scholar, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (2016-2020); and Member, Policy Discussion Roundtable for Super Ageing Society, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (2018). He is a graduate of Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management and holds a MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also serves as a pro-bono consultant for Project HOPE, a U.S.-based medical humanitarian aid organization.

■ Reports on Dr. Kurokawa’s past New Year’s presentations:

A New Vision for 2022
A New Vision for 2021
A New Vision for 2020

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