Japan Medi-Mental Institute(JPRON)

Director and CEO Takashi Shimizu

Message to young people
People cannot live alone or with no setbacks. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, value connections with people and enjoy your life!

When I was a university student, I sprained my ankle in soccer practice. I kept playing with my ankle taped, but finally went to see an orthopedist as the injury got worse. I was shocked when the doctor said, “Why don’t you quit playing soccer? You cannot even be a substitute, can you?” Yes, what he said was medically true, but it was cruel because I did like playing soccer. If he would have advised me in other words, my feelings would have been different and better. I was away from the soccer club for a while but returned to play in the end.

I realized the importance of “care,” not “cure” from the experience above, but I didn’t come up with the idea of being an occupational health physician at that time. I had a chance to meet Dr. Kazumi Takada, an occupational health physician, when I was a senior. He put in practice exactly what I wanted to do, so I decided to become an occupational health physician. His character really attracted me. If I hadn’t met him at that time, I would not be what I am today.

There are several turning points and significant moments in my life: when I decided to be an occupational health physician while other people told me not to do so; when I became a manager of health care administration in my late 20s; and when I was forced to send a man of my father’s age to another company due to the bursting of the economic bubble.

I had taken care of a patient who was suffering from depression. After almost two years of care and support he finally returned to work, and at the last interview session, he thanked me with tears in his eyes. That was the most impressive moment throughout my entire career as an occupational health physician.

In the days ahead, I would like to develop occupational health physicians who can examine the mental and physical health of employees and the organization's condition as well. As for my own desire, I would like to travel abroad for a long time and also write a research paper.

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Japan Medi-Mental Institute(JPRON)
Health care consulting and training