My reports are somewhat delayed than usual, but I have returned home on October14th from a slightly long travel which started on 5th.
Next day in the morning, at the Denmark Embassy in Tokyo, I gave speech on ‘Healthcare Policy for the Aging Society’ to the audience of about 30 or so of legislators and other members of Denmark’s delegate visiting Japan. I was told that Ambassador Melbin (Ref.1) and the audience enjoyed my speech. (by the way, around April or so, I went to see the Ambassador to talk about the World Cup; and, of course, the Japan-Denmark match….) The discussions in Seattle turned out to be very helpful in preparing my speech.
After leaving the Denmark Embassy, I headed to Haneda airport to fly to Matsuyama. The Panasonic Shikoku in Matsuyama is focusing on healthcare and they asked me to speak on topics on ‘Healthcare Policy for the Aging Society’.
I was being so focused on this theme for these days, so I was able to learn much from these events, and also was able to develop new ideas.
Developed countries share common challenges; ‘1. Continuing growth of the aging society, 2. Chronic diseases as a major disease burden, and 3. Public funding for healthcare being hard to increase’. I have written about the framework of my ideas in many occasions, and my view remains essentially the same as of today. What I think is uploaded in recent On-line article of Nikkei (in Japanese), so please have a look.
These are without doubt one of the top priorities of political issues today.