ICJS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 4 - "An Overview of Mental Healthcare in Japan."

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

Friday, July 10th, 2009
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Dr. Hiroko Mizushima
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

Speaker Profile

Dr. Hiroko Mizushima was a member of the Japanese House of Representatives, representing Tochigi Prefecture from 2000 to 2005. She was inspired to join politics through her medical work with mentally ill patients, whose problems she felt were in part, a result of Japanese social systems. Dr. Mizushima is a physician with a specialty in interpersonal psychotherapy and adolescent psychiatric issues. Dr. Mizushima is a visiting lecturer at Keio University, Director of Attitudinal Healing Japan and Director of the Mizushima Hiroko Mental Health Clinic.


Mental health in Japan shares some common issues with the whole healthcare systems, along with several issues specific to mental health. Having lost more than 30,000 people per year from suicide for eleven years straight, mental health is one of the most urgent issues in contemporary Japan. This lecture will focus on standardization of psychiatric treatment and its location in the National Health Insurance Plan, sociocultural and political aspects of mental health, and the need for longitudinal view of mental health, eliminating vertically divided administrative functions.