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Lisa Takagi

Managing Editor

Tokyo, Japan

Lisa provides editorial coverage of all aspects of Japan’s prescription drug market for Scrip and Pink Sheet, including company, market, pricing and regulatory developments, as well as publishing podcast content regularly in the local Japanese language.

Lisa brings close to a decade of experience working in either international teams or reporting, writing and editing, including in broadcast media through an internship as a TV reporter in Canada. Most recently, she covered the IT sector for ITmedia Enterprise in Japan. Lisa is bilingual in Japanese and English. She speaks basic French and Mandarin with keen interests in learning new languages. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Tokyo University of the Arts as well as a Master’s in Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada.

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Pointing to what it says is decreased R&D in Japan in contrast to the global market, PhRMA has again urged the country to revise its drug pricing policies and support innovation, while cautiously welcoming new moves to waive a requirement for Phase I trials in the country.

Japan Pricing Debate

PhRMA's Narasimhan Asks Japan To Reform Pricing Policies

Pointing to what it says is decreased R&D in Japan in contrast to the global market, PhRMA has again urged the country to revise its drug pricing policies and support innovation, while cautiously welcoming new moves to waive a requirement for Phase I trials in the country.

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