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Trends of Government Funded Research for Kampo Medicine in Japan and It’s Implication
J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28:121-31
Published online January 31, 2018;
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Chang-Woon Jeung, K.M.D., Chang-Hyuk Choi, K.M.D., Hee-Geun Jo, K.M.D.*, Min-Yeong Song, K.M.D., Eun-Hye Baek, K.M.D.*

Research Institute of Korean Medicine Policy, The Association of Korean Medicine Chung-Yeon Medical Institute*, Jangsu-gun Health Center and County Hospital
Correspondence to: Hee-Geun Jo, Chung-Yeon Medical Institute, 64 Sangmujungang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Received November 15, 2017; Revised December 26, 2017; Accepted January 3, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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 ‘’ 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.
Keywords : Kampo Medicine, Korean Medicine, Government-funded Research, Research and Developmen

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