ICJS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 1 - "Improving Japanese Healthcare - beyond politics and economics to systematic solutions."

Co-hosted by American Chamber of Commerce Japan and Temple University, Japan Campus, ICJS

Friday, April 17th, 2009
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Dr. Rene Duignan
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed


The challenges facing healthcare in Japan are evident in headlines about patients tragically turned away by multiple hospitals, in the plight of “cancer refugees”, while we as patients, often complain about long waiting times, short “assembly line” doctor consultations and over-medication. Using global best practice comparisons to reach surprising conclusions, we focus on the root causes of systemic problems, such as the shortage of doctors, uneven quality of treatment and fiscal/demographic pressures. This opening seminar will frame our debate for the series.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Rene Duignan works for the Central Bank of Italy covering Asian economies with a particular research interest in China, on which he writes regular updates for the ECB. He lectures in international economics and business at Aoyama Gakuin University. He is Chair of the JIC Study Group was formerly a global liaison for the Health Policy Institute Japan where he developed a strong interest in J-healthcare. Dr. Duignan is a coordinator for the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce and is co-curator of this series. He has been invited to be a guest commentator for JIB-tv, Japan’s new satellite global news channel and is currently writing a Japan-related book in which J-healthcare will form a major component. Dr. Duignan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Aoyama Gakuin University, where he was a recipient of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho research scholarship.

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.