My name is Will, and I’m a sophomore at Austin College currently living in the Japanese House. As someone who has always had a passion for health, medicine and the like, as well as one for East Asian languages and cultures, I have always wondered why Japan has had such a high life expectancy. In particular, I want to see how the Japanese as a society use healthcare in their everyday lives. What I do know is that the healthcare system is universal (in other words, mandatory insurance), there is much reliance on self-medication, and certain diseases, such as obesity and mental illness, have a stigma attached to it that impacts their treatment in this society.
Thus, I have decided to use this blog as a portfolio dedicated to this extended research project. I hope you enjoy my look at Japan’s healthcare system, as well as how the Japanese live healthily.