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[Event Report] Health Policy Summit 2016

Health Policy Summit 2016

Leading the World: Japan’s approach to solving health issues

Health and Global Policy Institute held the Health Policy Summit 2016 on February 27, 2016 within the city of Tokyo. This summit gathered many top leaders in the field of health policy, including medical specialists, and members of academia, the Government, corporations, and the media, in order to tackle three main topics: sustainability in health care; global health – the G7 Summit and beyond; and the future of health care. From these three perspectives, lively discussions on future visions and urgent issues were carried out.

Session 1: Sustainability in Health Care
The Despite the economic slump and limited health care resources, health care needs and medical costs continue to rise. Methods allowing a balance to be struck between health care cost suppression and health care quality improvement initiatives will become an issue in the near future. Is it possible for innovation and sustainability to coexist amidst the everlasting invention of ground breaking new drugs and new health care technologies. As a first step into the topic of financial affairs, discussions were held focusing on ways to improve sustainability in health care.


Hirotaka Unami
(Senior Director for Social Security Budget, Ministry of Finance)

Toshihiko Takeda
(Director-General for Policy Planning and Evaluation, Social Security, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Robert Alan Feldman
(Managing Director, Chief Economist, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.)


Mariko Oyamada
(HGPI Senior Manager)

Session 2: Global Health – G7 Summit and beyond
In 2016, Japan is playing host to the G7 Summit and Health Ministers’ Meeting, giving Japan the opportunity to strengthen its role as a global health leader and significantly contribute to the improvement of health around the world. The meaning of global health, which up until now has been focused on development assistance, is currently changing. This session focused on the contributions Japan is expected to make and the benefits of these contributions to Japan’s future. Panelists and participants discussed human resource development and the disaster management frameworks required at a global level.

Kenji Shibuya
(Professor, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo; President, Japan Institute for Global Health (JIGH))

Yasuhiro Suzuki
(Assistant Minister for Technical Affairs & Chief Global Health Officer, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Yoshiharu Yoneyama
(Deputy Director General, and Group Director for Health 2, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA))

Anne Smith
(Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

Session 3: The Future of Health Care

Due to the size of the challenges faced and the height of the hurdles that need to be overcome, discussions about health care policy tend to stop at merely pointing out that issues exist. The original purpose of health care was to bring about “bright, future-oriented stories” by ensuring health for the people and the creation of a strong foundation for society. This session saw deep discussions surrounding emerging resources and innovative ideas aimed at supporting health policy makers and stakeholders in the construction of a stronger and more optimistic health care system.

Seigo Izumo
(Senior Vice President, Global Head of Regenerative Medicine Unit and Head of Scientific Affairs in Japan at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company)

Tomiko Tawaragi
(Chief Safety Officer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA))

Shinsuke Muto
(President of Tetsuyu Institute Medical Corporation, Japan; Executive Advisor for Information Policy, MHLW; Co-Founder & Medical Director (Admin), Tetsuyu Healthcare Holdings, Japan)

Ryoji Noritake
(Fellow, Health and Global Policy Institute; Consultant, Project HOPE (U.S. based NGO)

Comments and questions from participants

Co-hosted by Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)
Special sponsorship from Miraca Holdings

Supported by Ministry of Health and Labour and Welfare, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With cooperation from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Global Health Innovation Policy Program

(Photos by Kazunori Izawa )

Exhibition date:2016-02-27

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