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Announcement of Program of the 1st Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan

September 11, 2018

To discovering potential venture businesses and entities that will contribute to solving challenges that Japanese healthcare industries are facing and support them, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been advancing a variety of efforts including the Japan Healthcare Business Contest project. While advancing the efforts, METI identified unique, effective services that may help to address the issues faced by a super-aged society.

Against this backdrop, METI decided to hold the 1st Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan as an international event bringing together experts from around the world, representatives of large companies and startups, investors, public officials and others to hold discussions on future directions of global efforts for addressing the issues faced by a super-aged society and solutions thereto. METI hereby announces that it will open invitations to the public and begin accepting applications for the press to attend the event.

1. Background and purpose

Japan has already entered the era of a super-aged society ahead of other countries and is facing a variety of social challenges (e.g., an increase in social security expenses, an increase in patients suffering from lifestyle-related diseases or dementia, disparity in access to medical care and shortage of nursing care facilities and human resources in such facilities). In these circumstances, Japan is required to create and develop sustainable new healthcare industries that solve these challenges and meet a variety of public demands for health.

As part of the efforts to this end, METI has been holding Japan Healthcare Business Contests and other events to discover and support venture businesses and entities that can contribute to solving challenges that Japanese healthcare industries are facing. Through the 1st Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan, METI will showcase the many companies in the field of healthcare that have placed their business bases in Japan and are advancing in the development and implementation of outstanding services and R&D, and that Japan is useful as a field base for service development and R&D, aiming to encourage other countries to invest in healthcare business in Japan. Moreover, METI expects that this event will become an opportunity for participants to establish cooperative, international partnerships to solve challenges and to match up globally state-of the-art innovations or technological seeds with demands in the field of healthcare in Japan and that through this event, participants will find solutions to problems that can contribute to extending healthy life-spans worldwide.

2. Outline of the event

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Title of the event:
1st Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan
Date and time:
October 9 (Tue.), 2018; from 9:50 to 20:00 (tentative)
Venues:
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (2-2-1 Nihombashi Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Nihonbashi Life Science Hub (1-5-5 Nihombashi Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Nihonbashi Life Science Building (2-3-11 Nihombashi Honcho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Organizer:
METI
Co-organizers:
The Office of Healthcare Policy, Cabinet Secretariat
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
Cooperators in planning:
The Life Science Innovation Network Japan, Inc. (LINK-J)
Aging Japan

Note: Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation available.

3 Program and major speakers (tentative)

9:45-10:10 Remarks by organizer; remarks by guests of honor (Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

10:10-11:50 Keynote speeches (Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

13:30-13:45 Plenary speeches (Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

14:00-18:15 Theme-based session

14:00-16:00 Theme: Quality Digital Health (Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

Details: Panel discussion, pitch-presentation contest by venture businesses

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and others (subject to scheduling)

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14:00-16:00 Theme: Biotech (Venue: Nihonbashi Life Science Hub)

Details: Presentations, Panel discussion

16:15-18:15 Theme: Well Aging Society (Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

Details: Panel discussion, pitch-presentation contest by venture businesses

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and others (subject to scheduling)

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18:45-20:00: Networking event for speakers, representatives of venture businesses, supporting associations, and other stakeholders.

For details of the program and more information, visit the website below:

4. Call for public visitors

To attend the event, please visit the following website to fill out an application. Please note that participants will be selected by lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue.

5. Registration of the press

For the press that intend to attend the event, please visit the following website to register to attend.

6. Collaborative events and supporting associations (as of September 11)

Titles of the events:

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group