ICJS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 6 - "Healthcare Policy and the Economy"

Co-hosted by American Chamber of Commerce Japan, the Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Temple University, Japan Campus, ICJS

Friday, October 9th, 2009
7:00 p.m. (talk starts at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Ira Wolf
Rene Duignan
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed


This lecture will discuss the impact of healthcare policy on the economy, including issues of productivity of the workforce and economic growth. Another issue that will be discussed is patients’ rights and the role of patients in healthcare policymaking in Japan.

Speaker Profile

Mr. Wolf has been the Japan Representative of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) since 2006. His career has focused on trade and Asia. He has worked as a diplomat in Tokyo, a trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative (USTR), senior staff member in the United States. Senate, Vice President of Eastman Kodak in Tokyo, Director of Government Relations for Motorola in Japan, and representative of the air express delivery industry in Asia based in Singapore. He is active in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and served in the past as a Commissioner and as Vice Chairman of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. One of his personal enduring accomplishments on the Friendship Commission was to create the Japan Forum, a moderated listserve on US/Japan relations (click here to sign up.) His undergraduate degree was in mathematics and his master’s degrees were in International Relations and in Pacific Islands Studies.

Moderator Profile

Dr. Rene Duignan is the curator of the Healthy-Healthcare series. He works for the Central Bank of Italy covering Asian economies with a particular interest in China. 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 board member of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce.

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.