Bipartisan Congressional Briefing
date : 2/25/2011
To mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of universal health insurance coverage in Japan, Health and Global Policy Institute, together with leading U.S. think tank, Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), co-hosted a Bipartisan Congressional Briefing at the Members’ Office Building of the House of Councillors in central Tokyo for a discussion of Japanese and U.S. health policy among Diet members and experts from both countries.
On the day, the experts gathered together included, from the U.S., Stephen Morrison of CSIS, Brian Biles of George Washington University, Gerard F. Anderson from Johns Hopkins University, and John D. Halamka from Harvard University, joined from Japan by Naoki Ikegami of Keio University and Masanori Akiyama of the University of Tokyo. Moreover, Diet members familiar with healthcare and government administration of health matters came together for a fully bipartisan discussion, including Hidehisa Otsuji (LDP, former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare), Chikara Sakaguchi (Komeito, former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare), Kan Suzuki (DJP, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), Hiroshige Seko (LDP), Shinya Adachi (DPJ, former Parliamentary Secretary of Health, Labour and Welfare), Satoshi Umemura (DPJ), and Hiroyuki Konishi (DPJ) among others.
The program included a comparative study of issues relating to payment systems in Japan and the U.S., presented by Dr. Ikegami and Dr. Anderson, and an exposition by Dr. Halamka, Co-Chair of the Healthcare IT Standards Committee in the Obama administration, of the potential for the introduction of Healthcare IT to act as an economic stimulus. Active discussion and valuable exchange of opinion took place under such themes as “Healthcare Streamlining and Payment Systems” and ”Healthcare IT and Promotion of Efficiency.”
This event, with independent think tanks from Japan and the U.S. jointly creating a forum for discussion by bipartisan Diet members and experts, represents an unprecedented new initiative. At Health and Global Policy Institute, we intend to continue to undertake activities of this nature in order to realize policies of a more practical and responsible nature formulated through a highly transparent process.
Top Research & Recommendations Posts
- [Announcement] HGPI Joins Call for “Global Health and Medical Community Unite To Demand End Fossil Fuel Dependency at COP28” (November 1, 2023)
- [Research Paper] “Rethinking Japan’s Health System Sustainability Under the Planetary Health Framework” Published in Health Systems & Reform (November 21, 2023)
- [Research Report] The Public Opinion Survey on Child-Rearing in Modern Japan (Final Report) (March 4, 2022)
- [Policy Recommendations] Furthering the Development of Precision Cancer Medicine —Proposals for Effective Policy Changes Based on Key Characteristics of Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment— (September 20, 2022)
- [Activity Report] HGPI Submits Requests for the G7 Hiroshima Summit to the G7 Sous-Sherpa (December 23, 2022)
- [Urgent Recommendations] The Kidney Disease Control Promotion Project – Establishing Kidney Disease Control Measures with Patient, Citizen, and Community Engagement and Collaboration: Recommendations for Current Issues and Topics in Kidney Disease Control (May 11, 2022)
- [Case Study] Akari Shigemi “The importance of proper antimicrobial use for MRSA infections – Beware of rifampicin monotherapy induced resistance” (AMR Alliance Japan, December 22, 2021)
- [Research Report] Survey of Japanese Physicians Regarding Climate Change and Health (December 3, 2023)
- [Recommendations] The Future of Dementia Policy 2022: Deepening Dementia Policies Centered on People Living with Dementia and their Families to Lead Global Society (July 13, 2022)
- [Announcement] HGPI Declares the Ministry of the Environment-led ‘Deco-Katsu Declaration’ and Participation in the ‘Deco-Katsu’ Supporters (October 16, 2023)
[Registration Open] Online Public Symposium “Dementia Risk Reduction: How Society Should Face the Individualization of Risk” (December 12, 2023)
[Registration Open] (Webinar) HGPI Cooperation with Lancet Countdown 2023 Japan Presentation “Climate Change as a Children’s Health Issue: The Latest Lancet Report Sounds the Alarm for Health Commitments” (December 14, 2023)
[Event Report] The 1st Advisory Board Meeting for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Support Project “Necessary Steps for Promoting PPI in Policy Making” (October 3, 2023)
[Policy Recommendations] Coming Together to Protect and Foster: Promoting Innovative and Sustainable Planetary Health in the Asia-Pacific Region to Build Resilient Health Systems (November 29, 2023)
[Announcement] HGPI Endorsed “For the Health of People and Planet: Priorities for a Healthy COP28” (November 30, 2023)