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[Registration Closed] International Symposium “Promotion of Menopausal Women’s Health as a Social Issue to be Considered by Industry, Government, Academia and the Private Sector” (April 9, 2024)

[Registration Closed] International Symposium “Promotion of Menopausal Women’s Health as a Social Issue to be Considered by Industry, Government, Academia and the Private Sector” (April 9, 2024)

In recent years, while various policies on women’s health have been promoted in Japan, social understanding and policies on the health issues of middle-aged and older women, especially regarding menopausal symptoms, are still insufficient. There are also issues in the medical care delivery system, such as the fact that doctors find it difficult to diagnose menopause, and the lack of policy support such as reimbursement for medical services makes lengthy medical interviews a barrier from a managerial perspective. There are also issues in the healthcare delivery system. Menopausal symptoms are a particularly severe challenge for working women, as not only do these unique symptoms significantly reduce quality of life, but it is said that one out of eight Japanese women, or 460,000 women in three years, are forced to give up working. Those who do not leave face stigma and a lack of understanding, making it difficult to talk about their challenges in the workplace. Others fear negative repercussions such as demotions and lower evaluations due to their inability to report their health problems. The promotion of women’s activities since the Abe administration should be inextricably linked to the promotion of general health, yet women’s health has often been neglected. Further social recognition and support measures are needed.

Based on the above, in FY2023, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) heard the voices (including issues and needs) of working women during menopause. After surveying domestic and international policies and advanced cases in the corporate and occupational health fields, HGPI will hold an advisory board meeting consisting of experts from industry, government, academia, and the private sector, to discuss the medical care delivery system regarding menopausal symptoms. The committee discussed solutions based on the medical care delivery system and issues within companies related to women’s menopausal symptoms. The following public forum will be held to disseminate information to the public, foster opinion, and stimulate discussion based on these activities, with the aim of further promoting measures for menopause. Ms. Diane Danzebrink (CEO, Menopause Support) from the U.K. will be invited as the keynote speaker, and a panel discussion will follow, comprised of experts from Japan and abroad to engage in discussion based on international comparisons and deepen the debate focusing on the medical care delivery system and support measures in occupational health and companies.



[Event Overview]

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 15:00-18:00 JST
  • Venue: Global Business Hub Tokyo Field  Access>
    (Grand Cube 3F, Otemachi Financial City, 1-9-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 100-0004)
  • Format: In-person (no virtual attendance available)
  • Languages: Japanese and English, with simultaneous interpretation
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Hosted by: Health and Global Policy Institute
  • Capacity: 100 (in case of a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held)
    * This event is for in-person only, but a video link to the symposium will be shared at a later date for individual supporting members only.

    *Registration will close at 23:59 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024. Application results will not be available immediately after registration. Participants will be selected by lot and will be informed of the result on on 15:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2024. We appreciate your understanding.
    **After completing your registration, a confirmation e-mail will be sent automatically to your e-mail address. If you do not receive it, please send us an e-mail at


[Programme] (Titles omitted)

15:00-15:15 Opening Remarks “Women’s health issues in Japan and further policy promotion in the future (tentative)”
Seiko Noda (Member of the House of Representatives)
15:15-15:45 Keynote Speech ‘The power of citizens in promoting UK menopause policy’
Diane Danzebrink (CEO, Menopause Support)
15:45-16:00 HGPI 2023 Survey Report ‘National and International Surveys on Menopause Policy’
From the HGPI Women’s Health Team
16:00-16:50 Panel Discussion 1 ‘The healthcare delivery system and continuity of care required for menopausal symptoms’

Koichi Terauchi (Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ibaraki Prefecture, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
Machiko Inoue (Specially Appointed Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine)
Masuko Hashimoto (Midwife/Certified Infertility Nurse, Tottori Central Hospital, Patient Support Center)

Haruka Sakamoto (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

– Break (10 mins) –
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion 2 ‘Corporate health support in the context of international trends in menopause policy’
Takae Ito (Member of the House of Councilors, Democratic Party For the People)
Emi Kawashima (President, Keep Health Co., Ltd.)
Eri Shinsa (Manager, Business Development Department, ASANOSEIHANJYO Co.,Ltd Industrial Counselor / Health and Productivity Management Expert Advisor)
Helen Tomlinson (Head of Talent (UK & Ireland), The Adecco Group / Menopause Employment Champion, The Adecco Group)

Eri Yoshimura (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)
18:00 Closing
18:00-18:30 Networking

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