Japan is a quixotic blend of stylised ritual, gracious tradition and hyper modernity. It is unique in its food, culture, dress and ceremonies, and its singular history means that it has had to adjust to the impact of one of modern technology's most cataclysmic inventions - the effects of which still resonate today.
This uniquely curated tour provides deep insight into Japan’s medicine, healthcare and culture, with two specialist tour leaders. Experience different facets of this exceptional country, with a wide range of professional visits. An examination of healthcare also gives excellent insight into society, such as Japanese longevity as a result of diet and lifestyle, and elderly health initiatives. Participants will learn about the very different challenges faced by the extremely urban sections of Japanese society and those in remote rural areas, as well as about medical education and training.
Following visits to Tokyo and Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps, the tour provides two options mid-itinerary; Fukuoka and Nagasaki in Kyushu with Dr Clare Hurle, an itinerary incorporating medical visits, or to Naoshima Island and Kurashiki for a more ‘art and culture’ focus with Janice Liverseidge.
Both itineraries reconnect in Hiroshima and continue to Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto. There is an optional post-tour extension to the ancient capital of Nara to visit one of Japan’s most imposing castles.
Partners are very welcome.
This uniquely curated tour provides deep insight into Japan’s medicine, healthcare and culture, with two specialist tour leaders:
Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.
Dr Clare Hurle lived in Japan for around six years and speaks Japanese. Her first career was in business with McKinsey & Co. in both London and Japan, and then as a national brand manager for Nestle Japan. Her first day with Nestle in 1995 was also the day of the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, during which the company’s office was one of many buildings to collapse.
She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences and then the Wharton School, Philadelphia, USA with an MBA. Subsequently, she re-trained in medicine at Imperial College, London and also completed her General Practice training in London with distinction in her MRCGP.
Aside from her day to day work as a GP, her two key interests are medical education and the development of primary care in Japan. She continues to visit Japan regularly, and has led GP courses in Tokyo for the RCGP (International "Training the Trainers") and in Fukushima on the management of depression in primary care. Dr Hurle is a GP partner and trainer at Cross Deep Surgery in Twickenham, where she has worked for over a decade.
The cost of the tour is US $5,626 per person sharing.