Chairman of the Board Toshio Nishi
Japan is facing a super-aged society, and has medical expenses exceeding 40 trillion yen. The current circumstances require medical cost reduction measures. Disseminating knowledge of preventive medicine is the key to medical expense reduction. Above all, the concept of “Mibyou” of Oriental medicine has been attracting attention. Mibyou is a physical condition but you will not find a disorder while at the same time you can not say you are healthy. By tapping into medicinal plants for Mibyou care, It is raising expectations for medical expense reduction through dissemination of preventive medicine .
However, herbal medicine raw materials used in Japan, relies 80 percent on imports from China and abroad, will have the risk in terms of safety and long-term supply . Therefore, the spread of domestic cultivation of medicinal plants hold the key to solve this issue.
We have great expectations in a variety of medicinal plants, it has a history that has been traditionally utilized in Japan, the medicinal plants that medical cannabis has been used in Western countries.
Since it was legalized in the United States of California in 1996, humane use of performance was observed, it has been legalized in 23 states and Washington DC now. At United States of America, personal burden of health care cost is extremely larger than Japan. Medical marijuana has been recognized as a folk medicine to be effective in a variety of disease at a low cost (herbal medicine) for the American people that do not go to the hospital high medical expenses. It has been said, during the 2016 fall of the presidential election, legalized in the referendum of the laws of the State of establishment of 5 to 10 states, and to be a matter of time before the federal law is changed. Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, In developed countries it has spread used it except Japan. Unfortunately, about this international expanding, Japan’s laws and regulations, does not correspond exactly to the trend of the times.
The association is willing to work hard in order to improve these situations as cooperation with related organizations.
■Chairman of the Board
1968 Earned Master’s Degree from The University of Washington.
1968-1971 J. Walter Thompson Japan.
1976 Earned Ph.D. International Politics and Pedagogy from The University of Washington.
1977-1985 Stanford University Hoover Institution Research Fellow.
professor: Reitaku University, Nihon University Graduate school of Nihon University, Nihon University.
Hitoshi Sato （Professor of Showa University department of pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacology, Pharmacist）