Telemedicine in Japan – Current Changes and its Future –

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Telemedicine in Japan – A Historical Perspective

Takashi Hasegawa

Takashi Hasegawa graduated from Keio University with a Master’s in computer science. Following his time at Keio, he joined an enterprise working on software development, remote radiography, and research into early telemedicine systems. Since then, he has also worked at Tohoku University, International University of Health and Welfare, Gunma University Hospital, and the Japan Telemedicine Society (JTS). He has also facilitated telemedicine training for health professionals organized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW). He currently serves as a board member of the Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association (JTTA).

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Interview survey on Medical ICT policies (telemedicine policies) conducted jointly by Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) and Healthcare Innovation with Telecommunication (HITEC)

By listening to various stakeholders involved in telemedicine as well as the use of ICT in healthcare, we aim to identify barriers to introducing telemedicine into the current healthcare system, the scientific bases for efficacy/safety generated by clinical research, influences on the society and the economy, and new visions of the future that could be made possible via telemedicine and medical ICT.

Overview of Healthcare Innovation with Telecommunication (HITEC)



Professional Affiliation/ Job title


Educational Attainment/ Field of Specialization


Daisuke Sato




National Institute of Public Health, Research Center for Economic Evaluation of Healthcare/
Senior Researcher
PhD (Medicine), Master of Medical Administration (MMA)/

Promotion of research projects by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare—Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)—Project on ICT Infrastructure Establishment for Clinical and Medical Research (Co-researcher)


Takafumi Ochiai


Atsumi & Sakai, Foreign Law Joint Enterprise/
Juris Doctor/

Law relating to the use of ICT in medicine and IT in financial services


Ryoji Noritake



Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)/



Global Health

MSc (Medical Anthropology), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Ryo Watanabe




Healthcare New Frontier Promotion Headquarters, Office for Medical Innovation School Establishment Group, Kanagawa Prefectural Government, Policy Bureau/

Project Leader


PhD (Commerce), Master of Public Health (MPH)/

Health economic evaluation, primary care, management accounting



Keiichi Tamura



TTS Law & Accounting Firm/
Certified Public Accountant
Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM)/

Medical facilities management


Ai Sonoda



Integrity Healthcare/
Managing Director
Master of Medical Administration (MMA), Master of Business Administration (MBA)/

Regional community modeling


Mamoru Ichikawa



Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Scientific & Environmental Programs Division, Production Center One/

Chief Director

Kyoto University/ Part-time Lecturer

Doctoral Program (Health and Welfare Journalism)/

Medical journalism