ICJS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 3 - "Healthcare for an Aging Society: Japan's National Health Insurance & Preventive Care Innovations"

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

Friday, June 19th, 2009
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Elizabeth J. Cobbs, Ph.D. Senior Director - Public & Industrial Policy, Banyu Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed


Healthcare systems worldwide face the challenges of a changing environment; healthcare costs are increasing, aging societies demand more healthcare services and advancements in medical science and information technologies increase the hopes for higher quality – and accessible –treatments. How the Japanese government & healthcare providers respond to these challenges will have a dramatic impact on Japanese society and economy in the 21st century. This lecture will analyze the specific challenges and some of the proposed solutions in this healthcare reform.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs joined Merck Headquarters in January, 2001 as Manager, Asia Pacific Public & Industrial Policy. Dr. Cobbs took on responsibility as Director, Public & Industrial Policy in 2004, liaising from Merck headquarters with policy teams in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Tapping her expertise in Japanese politics and society, Dr. Cobbs moved to Japan in 2005 as Senior Director, Public & Industrial Policy at Merck's subsidiary, Banyu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd .where she also serves as a member of the Banyu Executive Committee. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Cobbs was assistant professor, Yale University, Department of Sociology and the Council on East Asian Studies.

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.