Implementation of Projects Commissioned by Governmental Agencies

Implementation of Projects Commissioned by Governmental Agencies

In the Japan Revitalization Strategy (2013)* upheld by the Japanese government, MEJ is positioned as the central secretariat for the globalization of Japan’s medical services and has been widely promoting public-private activities since it was founded.

Regarding the globalization of Japan’s medical services, the Cabinet Secretariat is taking the leadership as the core player for the government’s healthcare strategies. In addition to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and local governments are also proactively working on medical services globalization, and MEJ has participated in a range of projects implemented by the Cabinet Secretariat, governmental agencies, and local governments.

* Japan Revitalization Strategy (2013)

The Japan Revitalization Strategy (2013) was decided by the Cabinet in June 2013 as the growth strategy to be implemented by the second Abe administration.
In the Strategy, the following targets, among others, are upheld: Enhancement of the international competitiveness of Japan’s manufacturing industry, strengthening of the industrial infrastructure by the creation of high value-added services, creation of markets in strategic fields, such as healthcare and energy, promotion of international economic cooperation, and acquisition of new overseas markets. For details, please refer to the following website (in Japanese): https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/keizaisaisei/kettei.html


Projects Commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Healthcare Industries Division)

MEJ has been engaging in the acceleration of medical services globalization and the promotion of relevant industries by examining and implementing systems and measures to foster the globalization of Japan’s medical services outside Japan, including emerging markets. To this end, MEJ conducts PR activities overseas (through public-private missions and participation in exhibitions) and also holds seminars in Japan.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s website on medical globalization 

Overseas PR Activities - Public-Private Missions

In order to create business opportunities in the targeted countries, the Japanese government (specifically, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan’s diplomatic establishments overseas, JICA, JETRO, and others), corporate members of MEJ, and other companies engaged in the medical industry work together to increase public recognition of Japanese medical technologies and services and build a network of all related entities through the dispatch and invitation of public-private missions to support medical services globalization (hereinafter, “the public-private missions”).

The public-private missions visit the targeted countries with Japanese medical doctors to build networks with representatives of the government of the country (health ministry, etc.) and executives of national hospitals. This is something that is difficult for individual companies to do on their own, but it can be done through industry-academia-government collaboration with the cooperation of medical doctors to promote the globalization of Japanese medical services.
List of public-private missions

Overseas PR Activities - Exhibitions

Against the backdrop of increasing interest in inbound medical travel to Japan both within and outside the country, MEJ aims to increase the global recognition of Japanese medical technologies and services and to publicize Japan’s system to accept inbound patients and increase the country’s presence in the inbound medical travel market. To this end, MEJ participates in exhibitions on medical travel and tourism held outside Japan.

Seminars in Japan

Measures to increase the number of inbound medical travelers are ongoing, and it has been revealed that more than a few medical institutions are unable to start the full-scale acceptance of foreign patients due to a lack of the necessary systems and the insufficient use of medical travel assistance companies. This is occurring despite the fact that these institutions are interested in accepting foreign patients.
In response, MEJ organizes seminars for medical institutions interested in accepting foreign patients and medical travel assistance companies to share findings about medical institutions proactively accepting inbound medical travelers, thereby improving the country’s entire system for accepting foreign patients.
List of seminars held in Japan

List of Past Projects

Fiscal 2017

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: FY2017 Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Promotion Project for the Globalization of Japan’s Medical Services) +

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ conducted a public-private mission to provide MEJ member companies and others with opportunities to have meetings directly with overseas medical institutions and governmental agencies (in two countries).

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Thailand

In order to increase public recognition of medical travel to Japan, MEJ participated in exhibitions on medical travel and tourism in two countries.

  • Vietnam
  • China

Seminars in Japan

MEJ organized a seminar in Hiroshima for participants to share findings concerning the acceptance of foreign patients.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2017 Subsidy for the Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Verification Survey to Promote the Establishment of Medical Bases) +

Verification Survey

MEJ solicited proposals and supported 12 projects to establish medical bases.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: Series of Verification Surveys for the Globalization of Japan’s Medical Services Conducted in Cooperation with Cuba +

MEJ is implementing a verification survey project for the establishment of a medical center in Cuba.

Fiscal 2016

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2016 Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Medical Globalization Promotion Project) +

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ conducted a public-private mission to provide MEJ member companies and others with opportunities to meet directly with representatives of overseas medical institutions and governmental agencies (in three countries).

  • The Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • Saudi Arabia (Invited)

In order to increase public recognition of medical travel to Japan and public recognition of MEJ within Japan, MEJ participated in exhibitions on medical travel and tourism in two countries.

  • China
  • Japan (Tokyo)

Seminars in Japan

MEJ held a total of three seminars in Tokyo and Osaka for participants to share findings concerning the acceptance of foreign patients.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2016 Subsidy for the Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Verification Survey to Promote the Establishment of Medical Bases) +

Verification Survey

MEJ solicited proposals and supported 11 projects to establish medical bases.

Fiscal 2015

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2015 Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Basic Survey on the Globalization of Japanese-Style Medical Services and the Project to Establish a Network of Strategically Important Countries) +

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ conducted a public-private mission to provide MEJ member companies and others with opportunities to meet directly with representatives of overseas medical institutions and governmental agencies (in four countries).

  • Vietnam
  • The Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • Bangladesh (Invited)

In order to introduce Japan’s globalized medical technologies, MEJ created Japanese Excellent Healthcare Technologies and Services in digital format (by revising Healthcare Technologies and Services created in fiscal 2014)

In order to increase public recognition of medical travel to Japan, MEJ participated in exhibitions on medical travel and tourism in two countries.

  • Russia
  • China

Surveys

MEJ conducted a survey on the acceptance of foreign patients by Japanese medical institutions.

MEJ conducted a survey to make a list of medical institutions that accepted inbound medical travelers.

Seminars in Japan

MEJ held a seminar in Tokyo on the theme of a system to accept foreign patients and the utilization of medical travel assistance companies for participants to share findings about the acceptance of foreign patients.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2015 Promotion Project to Establish Medical Technologies and Service Bases (Verification Survey to Promote the Establishment of Medical Bases) +

Verification Surveys

MEJ solicited proposals and supported 12 projects to establish medical bases.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: Fiscal 2015 Promotion Project for the Globalization of Medical Technologies (Surveys) +

MEJ conducted a medical checkup training project for Turkmenistan (through the National Center for Global Health and Medicine).

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2015 Survey to Promote the Globalization of Infrastructure Systems +

MEJ implemented a project to survey the benefits provided by medical services in Cuba.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) +

MEJ provided training in fiscal 2015 for the improvement of hospital management in Azerbaijan.

Osaka Prefectural Government: Fiscal 2015 Survey for International Contribution through Medical Services (“Inbound” Survey) +

MEJ conducted a survey to promote inbound medical travel to Osaka.

Fiscal 2014

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2014 Promotion Project for the Globalization of Medical Equipment and Services +

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ conducted a public-private mission to provide MEJ member companies and others with opportunities to meet directly with representatives of overseas medical institutions and governmental agencies (in five countries).

  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Russia
  • Myanmar
  • Indonesia

MEJ created Healthcare Technologies and Services, which introduces Japan’s excellent medical technologies and services as well as technologies for medical equipment in a digital format (by revising Healthcare Device and Technologies created in fiscal 2013)

MEJ created and utilized public recognition improvement tools.

Seminars in Japan

MEJ held a total of three seminars on the acceptance of foreign patients in Tokyo and Osaka for participants to share related know-how and findings accumulated in Japan and countries with advanced medical travel services.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2013 Promotion Project to Accelerate Medical Services Globalization * Supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 +

Verification Survey

MEJ solicited proposals and supported five projects to establish medical bases, implementing the following three as model projects:

  • Project to establish a base in Indonesia for Japanese-style diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases and liver diseases
  • Project to establish the Japan-Russia Advanced Medical Center (tentative name)
  • Project to establish a Japanese-style medical base in the Middle East

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2013 Subsidy for the Promotion Project to Accelerate Medical Globalization * Supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 +

Verification Survey

MEJ solicited proposals and supported three projects to establish medical bases. MEJ also implemented the following two projects as model projects:

  • Project to examine the establishment of a Japan-Kazakhstan advanced cancer diagnosis center
  • Project to establish an emergency medical services center in Laos
Fiscal 2013

Cabinet Secretariat (Office of Healthcare Policy): Basic Survey to Foster Medical Services Globalization in Response to the Status of Various Countries, Focusing on Emerging Markets +

MEJ conducted a survey on the medical situations of 20 countries, mainly targeting emerging economies.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2013 Promotion Project for the Globalization of Medical Equipment and Services +

Verification Survey

MEJ implemented the following two projects as model projects:

  • Project to establish the Japan-Russia Advanced Medical Center (tentative name)
  • Project to examine the establishment of a Japan-Kazakhstan advanced cancer diagnosis center

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ conducted seminars to introduce Japan’s medical services overseas in eight countries.

  • Vietnam
  • Qatar
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Kazakhstan
  • China
  • Russia
  • Indonesia

MEJ created Healthcare Device and Technologies to introduce Japan’s medical services and supporting technologies overseas.

Seminars in Japan

MEJ held a total of four seminars on the theme of medical globalization in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka for participants to share findings about the acceptance of foreign patients.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2013 Subsidy for the Project concerning Oil Refining Technologies in Oil Producing Countries (Project concerning industrial cooperation in oil producing countries as part of the project to support the development of oil producing countries) +

MEJ implemented a project to enhance cooperation in the medical field between Japan and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).

Fiscal 2012

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: Fiscal 2012 Promotion Project for the Globalization of Medical Equipment and Services +

Verification Survey

MEJ implemented the following project as a model project:

  • Survey and research for the provision of Japanese-style medical services in China (Project regarding the medical treatment of diabetes)

Overseas PR Activities

MEJ created a brochure (by revising the one created in fiscal 2010) and distributed it as a tool for increasing public recognition.


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