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Since 2006, I have been Director for the Advanced Medical Science Division, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In this position, I have been promoting large scale life science research projects which are directly funded by our division, such as genomic research, generation and regeneration research, brain research, cancer research and so on. I received a Medical Doctor degree (M.D.) from Tsukuba University, School of Medicine in 1988,and a Master of Public Health degree and a Master of Science degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 1996.
I have worked in the area of health care policy and management for 17 years at Japanese government, Prefectural government and international organization such as WHO and UNAIDS. My career-long interest has been how to promote human health care through innovation in the field of life science and administrational system reform.