On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Japan having been closed to the world for 200 years opened the doors in 1854, and the Japanese government sent many young men to Europe and America to study Western science. As far as medicine was concerned Germany was the preferred destination. Therefore many medical doctors went to Germany for their studies.
MORI Ôgai, who later became known as a great novelist in Japan was one of them. When he graduated in 1881 from what is now The University of Tokyo, he thought, “Preventive Medicine will be necessary in the future”, and he decided to do his research in hygiene. Later, he studied in Germany from 1884 to 1888 with professors PETTENKOFER and KOCH, and introduced public health in Japan.
Since then, until around the 1980s, German was the “official language” in the field of medicine in Japan, and German medicine was the model. However, now American medicine is dominating in Japan.
Public health has played an important role to treat contagious or infectious diseases. Because of rapid globalization in modern society, diseases have also become global, and new diseases such as allergies and environmentally cause sickness are gaining ground. Therefore, a new, global view should be added in dealing with public health.
The symposium will offer a chance to initiate a new collaboration between Germany and Japan in new public health and the establishment of an innovative preventive medicine.
Conference Languages are German, Japanese and English.