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The Danish Minister for Health’s visit to Japan secures further momentum in Danish-Japanese healthcare collaboration

20.04.2018  07:50

Minister Ellen Trane Nørby visited Tokyo, Japan April 13th to 14th. The minister addressed the Ministerial Summit on Danish experiences with patient safety and had a bilateral meeting with the Japanese Minister for Health, Mr. Katsunobu Kato.


Patient Safety: Denmark passed the first patient safety law in the world in 2004 focusing on secondary care. In 2010 the law was expanded to include primary care. At the Patient Summit, Denmark further committed to the Tokyo Declaration on Patient Safety. The Declaration asks countries to accelerate their progress toward improving patient safety globally by aligning incentives, increasing transparency and implementing practices that acknowledge the importance of continuous improvement when it comes to safety and quality in healthcare.


Bilateral Meeting: Minister Trane Nørby and Minister Kato conducted a bilateral meeting aiming to operationalise the Memorandum of Cooperation in Health, signed in October 2017.

The two ministers discussed concrete steps to strengthen the corporation between Denmark and Japan in the field of health, and Minister Trane Nørby concluded that: “The strengthened collaboration will benefit both patients and companies, and we are pleased concrete steps are taken to create relevant momentum for priority areas in healthcare”.

Minister Trane Nørby and Minister Kato agreed, that Denmark’s Economic Diplomacy function in Health, based in Tokyo, Mr. Barron-Mikkelsen, would be point of contact and liaison together with Mr. Suzuki, Chief Medical & Global Health Officer, Vice-Minister for Health in Japan.

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