ICAS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 15: "Japan Mental Health Care - Issues and Reform"

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

Friday, September 10, 2010
7:00 p.m. door open (7:30 p.m. start)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212/213 (Access)
Linda Semlitz
Rene Duignan
Free. Open to general public.
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This talk will review issues particular to mental health care provision in Japan. Mental health remains a highly stigmatized issue amongst Japanese and mental health care lags behind treatment for physical illness. Japan has extremely high numbers of inpatient psychiatric beds and long hospital stays which are primarily custodial. Social factors in Japan also contribute to various culture specific disorders such as hikikomori and high rates of suicide. This talk will review current challenges within the system as well as current efforts at reform combined with resource constraints which may limit the reform efforts.


Dr. Linda Semlitz is an American trained Psychiatrist with board certification in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate education at Brown University in 1975 and received her medical degree from Brown University in 1978. Dr. Semlitz completed her Psychiatry training at the Cornell University, New York Hospital Westchester division and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. Dr. Semlitz has practiced psychiatry for over 25 years in both the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore and has had academic appointments at Columbia University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. More recently she was the Medical Director of Merck, Sharpe and Dohme in Hong Kong and Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Banyu, a division of Merck in Japan. She has particul ar interest in multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment ADHD, anxiety and depression, cross cultural mental health, and community mental health.


Dr. Rene Duignan works for the Central Bank of Italy monitoring Asian economies. He also lectures at Aoyama Gakuin University and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at ICAS Temple University, Japan Campus. He was formerly a Global Liaison for the Health Policy Institute Japan where he developed a strong interest in Japanese healthcare. He serves as an elected Board Member of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC). As Chair of the JIC Study Group, he hosts a wide variety of public lectures. He is an occasional TV commentator on Japanese economic and political affairs and a Tokyo resident since 1997. 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.

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