Michael R. Reich is Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Reich received his BA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, MA in East Asian Studies (Japan), and PhD in political science, all from Yale University. He has been a member of the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health since 1983. He also serves as director of the Takemi Program in International Health at Harvard. His main research interests are the political dimensions of health policy, health systems, and pharmaceutical policy. He lived in Japan from 1971 to 1974 and has visited Japan nearly every year since then. He has had affiliations with the Heart Institute of Japan at Tokyo Women’s Medical College, the Public Health Department of Keio University Medical School, the National Public Health Institute, Tokyo University School of Medicine, and the Japan Medical Association. His writings about Japan include: Island of Dreams: Environmental Crisis in Japan (coauthor with Norie Huddle, 1975); and Six Lives/Six Deaths; Portraits from Modern Japan (coauthor with Kato Shuichi and Robert Jay Lifton, 1979). He is currently collaborating with Japanese colleagues on a special issue of the Lancet focused on health in Japan.