Japan Eager To Promote Femtech To Support Working Women

Arab News Japan -- Jan 04
Japan’s industry ministry is stepping up support to companies helping working women with “femtech” products and services, which utilize advanced technologies to address women’s health problems.

In fiscal 2021, which started in April last year, the ministry launched a project to help such companies test their products and services. It chose 20 companies for the project, including those offering online medical consultation and telemedicine services.

The project is aimed at allowing people to try femtech, a portmanteau of female and technology, and helping such companies expand their businesses.

FamiOne Inc., which offers consultation service allowing users to hear experts’ opinions on fertility treatment and other problems via messaging app Line, has conducted online seminars on a trial basis under the ministry’s project.

The seminars were aimed at helping people struggling with infertility and local government officials to acquire basic knowledge about fertility treatment.

Some participants said that they were able to learn how hard it is for people to keep receiving fertility treatment. Some municipalities are considering securing budgets to let residents use the Tokyo-based company’s consultation for free.