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[Registration Closed] (Webinar)The 88th HGPI Seminar – Considering How to Structure Healthcare in Terms of How It Will Affect Children in the Future (October 9, 2020)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar)The 88th HGPI Seminar – Considering How to Structure Healthcare in Terms of How It Will Affect Children in the Future (October 9, 2020)

In recent years, the effects of the structure of healthcare on children have become a major theme in discussions on healthcare policy. After the Basic Law for Child and Maternal Health and Child Development was enacted in December 2019, efforts to provide seamless healthcare, welfare, and other forms of support to all expectant or nursing mothers and throughout the entire child-rearing process from pregnancy to adulthood have accelerated, and discussions at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s (MHLW) Council for Child Health and Development began in earnest in FY2020.
As demographic shift caused by a declining birthrate and population aging continues to accelerate in Japan, creating a system for preventing isolation among people engaged in child-rearing and to enable all of society to come together to support the physical and mental health of their children is absolutely essential for Japan’s future. Cross-cutting cooperation will be needed from various fields including care for both mothers and children in the neonatal period, mental health in puberty, support for children with serious disabilities that require round-the-clock care, abuse, and child poverty and nutrition.

Starting in FY2020, HGPI has started and is currently advancing a project to help build social momentum for said cooperation and to contribute to the health of mothers and children in Japan by holding discussions with various stakeholders from Japan and abroad to generate policy proposals based on research survey evidence.

For the 88th HGPI Seminar, we will welcome Dr. Masaki Sonoda (CEO, CI Inc.) and Dr. Naoya Hashimoto (CEO, Kids Public), who will introduce their current efforts at the frontline of this field to use the latest technology to face healthcare issues in situations involving children. As members of the Child Rearing Healthcare Committee, Dr. Hashimoto and Dr. Sonoda will also speak about the current situation and future outlook for policy related to children’s healthcare.

*Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only.

Dr. Masaki Sonoda(CEO, CI Inc.)
Dr. Naoya Hashimoto (CEO, Kids Public)

■ Date & Time
Friday, October 9, 18:30-20:00

■ Venue
Zoom Webinar

■ Participation Fee

500 attendees

■ Profile
Dr. Masaki Sonoda (CEO, CI Inc.)
Dr. Sonoda was born in Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture and graduated from Saga University Faculty of Medicine. During his studies in obstetrics and gynecology, he first encountered pregnant women facing high risk of postpartum depression and abuse, and while studying public health at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine, his interests shifted from the treatment of disease to methods of changing people’s everyday lives. He developed a desire to contribute to improving society through efforts to implement the results of research into society rather than contributing through research. This led him to taking a leave of absence from graduate school and establishing Connected Industries Inc. in 2017. The organization name reflects his vision for connecting various professionals through organic connections to change the world. To take on a more active role in building those connections, Dr. Sonoda enrolled at the Digital Hollywood University Graduate School after founding CI Inc. They launched an online service for reserving day care services for sick children in April 2020 called Azukaruko-chan (
Dr. Sonoda’s main positions include: Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tokyo; Student, Digital Hollywood University Graduate School; CEO, Head of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Adoption for Infant Care and Networking Project (, CI Inc.; Member, Council for Child Health and Development; Secretary, Healthy Parents and Children 21; Member, Japan Child Health Association Homepage and Public Relations Committee; and Member, Japan Child Health Association Board of Education

Dr. Naoya Hashimoto (CEO, Kids Public)
Dr. Hashimoto is a pediatrician and CEO of Kids Public. After graduating from Nihon University School of Medicine in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Public Health and completing his residency at St. Luke’s International Hospital, he began training as a pediatrician at the National Center for Child Health and Development in 2011. He then completed the master’s course at the Department of Public Health Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo. In 2015, Dr. Hashimoto established Kids Public to provide healthcare for children online through telemedicine consultation services called “Pediatrics Online” and “Obstetrics and Gynecology Online” and healthcare newsletters called “Online Pediatric Journal,” “Online Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal,” and “Kids Public Journal.”

Registration will close on Monday, October 5, 2020. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and informed of the results by Monday, October 5. Individual supporting members of HGPI will be notified earlier.
After registration has been completed, a confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact HGPI by email at or by phone at 03-4243-7156.
In the event that you would like to cancel your registration, please inform us by noon on Wednesday, October 7.

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