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44th Breakfast Meeting – Alternative Approaches to Healthcare Series 3 – “Religion and Healthcare”

44th Breakfast Meeting – Alternative Approaches to Healthcare Series 3 – “Religion and Healthcare”

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On the 27th June 2013 (Thursday), the Health and Global Policy Institute held its 44th Regular Breakfast Meeting. The meeting was titled “Religion and Healthcare” and third part of the Alternative approaches to healthcare series. On this occasion we had a talk by Mr. Genshu Toyama, the second priest of the Jogyoji, Nichiren.

Today, we face series of challenges surrounding matter of life and death that had been brought forth by the advancement of medical technology in an aging society, which include terminal care, regenerative care, reproductive care, death with dignity, brain dead and so on. Furthermore with the many precious lives lost during the Great East Japan Earthquake 2011, people began to question a lot about life and death. In the question of life and death, and how the desired terminal support in the future would be, perhaps we can learn from the ancient teaching of “religion” that had been revolving around the issue of death.

In Japan, most people will say that they do not believe in any religion. In fact it is true when most people do not “embrace religious faith”, however many Japanese replied that they do “embrace religious behaviors and beliefs”, especially among the young population.* 

This time, we invited a Buddhist priest, Genshu Toyama, to speak in this event. Priest Toyama, born in 1977, with a unique background of majoring in chemistry at a university and now he is actively working on four areas:
“End-of-Life Preparation” – live now to the best you could
“Grief Support” – supporting the bereaved that lost the lives of their beloved ones
“Team Vihara” – how to support the person from when s/he is health, to sickness, aging, and death
“Buddha Temple School” – encouraging more people to visit the temple and make the most out of facilities for various activities

While introducing his work, we would also love to listen to what he has to say about the role of religion in the modern world, and what he had felt and learned through his work.

*ISSP International Comparison Study in Religion: Japanese are attracted to “be religious”.

Alternative approaches to healthcare series 3
“Religion and Healthcare”

Mr. Genshu Toyama, the second priest of the Jogyoji, Nichiren

■Time and Date
27th June 2013 (Thursday) 8
00900Doors open at 745

 Marunouchi (2-2-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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Registration deadline: 2013-06-25

Exhibition date:2013-06-27

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