ICAS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 13: "How and who will care for the aging and dying population?"

Friday, June 18th, 2010
7:00 p.m. door open (7:30 p.m. start)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Hiro Matsushita
Rene Duignan
Free. Open to general public.
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As Japan is faced with confronting an aging and dying society in advance of the rest of the world, systemic problems have become intense and diverse. In his presentation addressing “How and who will care for the aging and dying population? Professor Matsushita will discuss the problems associated with the underlying phenomena of Japanese population, death, healthcare delivery systems, and health service organization primarily from his own service innovation perspective.

Although invention geared towards artifacts including pharmaceutical and medical equipment utilizing cutting-edge medical technology seems attractive, is materialistic innovation perfectly effective and affordable for those who require care? Should the significant part of the national budget go to the sector that leads materialistic innovation? Who decides the application of newly developed medical technology and how? Is the principle of market competition work well in health care? In answering those questions, he will provide the audience with insights to use and empower “social capital” in innovating health services in local community.

Speaker Profile

Hiro Matsushita teaches Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and Human Service Policy & Management at City University of Sapporo. Before assuming his academic positions, he had been proactive as an entrepreneur. He exited CareBrains, Inc. by selling it to a public company in 2007.

Currently he integrates his entrepreneurial expertise and his personal interests to cherish and empower entrepreneurship amongst base of pyramid as a board member of International Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He is author of twelve books including “Critical Path to Accountable Healthcare”, Human Service Management: Strategies in Human Resources, Organizational Beh avior and Business”, “Advanced Management Methodologies for Nursing”, and “Breakthrough Nursing Strategy”. The awards given to him include “Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative Award: University of Tokyo, MicroSoft Corporation & Chiba Prefecture”, “Distinguished Entrepreneur: Chiba City Government”, and “Cyclist of the Year for his Bicycle Exploration from Delhi to Katmandu”. He received his master’s degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University after completing his undergraduate preparation at Waseda University.

Moderator Profile

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

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