Naoki Ikegami, MD, PhD, MA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Keio School of Medicine, from which he received his MD and PhD. He also received a Master of Arts degree in health services studies with Distinction from Leeds University (United Kingdom). During 1990-1991, he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Medical School, and has continued to be a Senior Fellow at Wharton. He is a founding member of interRAI (a non-profit international consortium of researchers and clinicians focused on care planning instruments), and served as a consultant to the WHO and the World Bank. He is currently President of the Japan Society of Healthcare Administration and the Japan Health Economics Association. He sits on various national and state government committees, including the Chair of the Investigative Specialist Sub-committee on Case-mix Based Reimbursement for Chronic Inpatient Care and member of the Reforming Elder Healthcare Conference. His research areas are health policy, long-term care and pharmacoeconomics. His publications include “The Art of Balance in Health Policy – Maintaining Japan’s Low-Cost Egalitarian System” (Cambridge University Press, 1998) with John C. Campbell, “Quality Life Evaluation Handbook for Clinicians” (Igakushoin, 2001) in Japanese with Shunichi Fukuhara et al, “Measuring the quality of long-term care in institutional and community settings” in “Measuring Up – Improving Health Care Performance in OECD Countries” (OECD, 2002) with John Hirdes and Iain Carpenter, “Games policy makers and providers play: Introducing case-mix based payment to chronic care hospital units in Japan (JHPPL, 2009).