Aiming to attract more patients from abroad, the government plans to create a virtual "Japan international hospital," comprising 200 to 300 medical institutions offering the world's highest levels of medical services in areas such as cancer treatment and regenerative medicine. The project would start from 2015, according to sources.
In promoting the nation's advanced medical institutions, as a whole, for patients abroad, the government also plans to create a system to authorise certain travel agencies to help foreign patients arrange their trips to Japan. The government hopes to attract patients in emerging nations in Asia and the Middle East, the sources said.
The project is part of the government's efforts to promote Japan's medical services internationally, which is one of the pillars of the government's growth strategies and is expected to generate economic effects worth ¥340 billion (S$71.6 billion) in three years.
The government intends to provide information on Japan's strong fields, such as particle beam therapy for cancer, regenerative medicine using cell sheets and the treatment of infectious diseases, on its websites and through other channels.