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Trends of Government Funded Research for Kampo Medicine in Japan and It’s Implication

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2018, 28(1), pp.121-131
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Received : November 15, 2017
  • Accepted : January 3, 2018

Chang-woon Jeung 1 Chang-Hyuk Choi 1 Jo Hee Geun 2 Min-Yeong Song 3 Eun-Hye Baek 2

1대한한의사협회
2청연의학연구소
3장수군보건의료원

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ABSTRACT

Objectives We analyzed the trends of government-funded research on Kampo medicine in Japan to provide advanced evidence to R&D support policy for Korean medicine, and to introduce new research fields and trends to the researchers. Methods We reviewed the researches on Kampo medicine through ‘research-er.jp’ and ‘KAKEN’ database which contain R&D status in Japan and scientific research funding project issued by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Results Since 1976, government-funded research on Kampo medicine has been continuously announced, and now 533 tasks have been completed or are in progress. The average duration of the study is 2.54 years, but it has been prolonged to 3.52 years in recent years. 4∼5 million yen was supported per project for laboratory research, and an average of 44,342 thousand yen was supported per project for specialized laboratory research and clinical research. Conclusions Despite the absence of systematically supporting departments, the researches on Kampo medicine in Japan were qualitatively superior since they focused on providing the scientific basis for clinical application. As competition in the world's traditional medicine market becomes more intense, it is necessary to improve the competitiveness of Korean medicine. Therefore, a keen interest in Korean medicine and active support from the government is needed. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28(1):121-131)

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