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Recruitment of contractors for Validation Project, etc. for Local Integrated Health Services Industry Creation Project
— FY 2009 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry commissioned project —

July 8, 2009

1. Outline of Recruitment Campaign

The Japan Research Institute has been commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to implement a "Validation Project, etc. for Local Integrated Health Services Industry Creation Project".

Owing to population aging and a falling birthrate, the financial burden of social security, including medical care and nursing care, has risen sharply. Public interest in health issues is also growing. Against this backdrop, there is growing demand for the provision of healthcare that includes not only early diagnosis and treatment, as heretofore, but also highly reliable health-related services tailored to the state of health and needs of the individual, in the areas of health maintenance and promotion and the prevention of disease.

To date, however, there has not been sufficient coordination between administrative bodies (local governments, etc.), medical institutions, nursing care organizations and local communities, with the result that high quality health services that meet the diversifying needs of the Japanese people are not being provided.

Against this backdrop, the Japan Research Institute will be carrying out validation work, etc. relating to the Local Integrated Health Services Industry Creation Project, with the aim of establishing appropriate coordination between health service providers and of building a society in which individuals have access, at any time, to appropriate specialist services relating to disease prevention, disease management, rehabilitation, nursing and preventive care, etc., to suit their own particular state of health and needs, as well as fostering integrated health service industries with close links to local communities to provide these services.

In the course of the implementation of the validation project, etc., participating businesses will apply to participate in local shopping street regeneration projects (grant-aided projects) and, if accepted by the grant-aided project in question, will be encouraged to coordinate with the grant-aided project.

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