The collaborative support system to promote the internationalization of medical industry in Japan

CHENG Yongming1

(1.Institute of Japanese Studies, Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, Tianjin, China 300191)

【Abstract】In recent years, Japanese companies set off a new round of overseas development. Compared with the manufacturing industry of overseas development in the last century, the obvious characteristics of this round of development include copying the “Japanese model” overseas and promoting operation system and the management system of some industries, such as water, high-speed railway and medical care. Among them, Japan adopts the “ALL JAPAN” model to boost the internationalization of medical industry. The model is composed of multiple functional entities that build up a complete support system, which has played an important role in boosting and supporting the internationalization of Japanese medical industry.

【Keywords】 medical industry; internationalization; unification of officials and civilians; collaborative support; overseas development;


【Funds】 National Social Science Fund of China (15BGJ061)

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(Translated by ZHONG Yehong)


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CN: 22-1065/F

Vol , No. 01, Pages 37-47

January 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 An Analysis on why Japan’s medical industry is internationalized
  • 2 Government-oriented support policy
  • 3 Collaborative support functions of policy-implementation agencies
  • 4 A collaborative model between industries in the process of medical internationalization
  • Conclusion
  • Footnote