Medical and Pharmaceutical Markets and Ageing Societies in Japan and Europe

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Japan is facing deep changes in its demographic structure: an increasingly aged population and a low birth rate are forcing authorities to rethink the long-term sustainability of the country’s domestic welfare and healthcare systems. New high-tech healthcare industries with an emphasis on age-related diseases, an emphasis on increasing the birth rate, and a pension system reform are all options being explored by the current government. This will no doubt be impacted by the negotiations with Europe on an FTA, which will potentially open up these traditionally protectionist sectors. This roundtable will explore these intertwined issues and will seek to identify policy measures to enhance the sustainability of the welfare system and the competitiveness of this vital sector.

Date: Thursday 13 February 2014, 9.15am – 1.00pm
Venue: Joseph Gaggero Hall, Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE

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