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Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 to be Held

Second public-private effort in Malaysia and Thailand following on from 2018 event

January 16, 2019

From January 28 (Mon.) to February 1 (Fri.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a series of seminars titled “Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019" in Malaysia and Thailand. At the event, Japanese experts in the field of dentistry will present to dental practitioners and dental students the importance of oral healthcare to improve quality of life (QOL) and will also explain made-in-Japan products for oral care. Through such events, METI will strive to enrich cooperation between Japan and both Thailand and Malaysia in the field of oral healthcare.

1. Background

Against the backdrop of aging populations and increased lifespans, the importance of oral healthcare becomes ever more critical to improving QOL. In 1989, Japan launched a national oral care campaign to create a more effective dental care system, known as the 8020 Campaign, which set as a guiding target the preservation of twenty or more teeth for all individuals until the age of eighty. The program had been regarded as a success, with over 50% of eighty-year-olds having attained this target by 2016. Backed by consumer interest and strong demand for industry quality, Japanese oral care products have been fulfilling outstanding functions in preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay. Sharing Japan’s efforts and experience for oral healthcare with Asian countries is considered an effective means for improving QOL in other Asian countries.

2. Outline of the event

With officials from the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand and those from the Ministry of Health in Malaysia, stakeholders from the fields of dental medical care and distribution, and the press, the seminar will bring together dentists and dental hygienists, representatives from manufacturers of oral healthcare products, and officials from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan. These experts will explain Japan’s high public awareness of oral healthcare and products and practices that bolster such awareness. Moreover, they will explain Japan’s activities involving oral healthcare to dental hygienist students in Malaysia and Thailand. Through these efforts, Japan will strive to raise consumer awareness of the importance of oral care and the advantages of Japanese oral care products.

Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Date and time: January 28 (Mon.), 2019; from 9:45 to 17:00
Venue: Berjaya Times Square Hotel
Program (language: English):

Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 (Penang, Malaysia; seminar for students)

Date and time: January 29 (Tue.), 2019; from 14:15 to 16:05
Venue: Children’s Dental Centre & Training Institute
Program (language: English):

Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 (suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand; seminar for students)

Date and time: January 30 (Wed.), 2019; from 13:00 to 14:55
Venue: Sirindhorn College of Public Health Chonburi
Program (language: Thai):

Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)

Date and time: January 31 (Thur.), 2019; from 11:30 to 15:30
Venue: The Sukosol Bangkok
Program (language: Thai):

Oral Healthcare Seminar 2019 (suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand; seminar for students)

Date and time: February 1 (Fri.), 2019; from 10:30 to 12:25
Venue: Sirindhorn College of Public Health Suphanburi
Program (language: Thai):

Reference: Organization of this program

Organizer: METI (Project for Cultivating New Markets in Emerging Countries Taking Advantage of Technical Cooperation for Institutional and Business Environment Improvement)
Co-organizer: Japan Dentifrice Manufacturers’ Association (JDMA)
Operating organization: Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS)
Participating companies (in the order of the Japanese syllabary):

Division in Charge

Bio-Industry Division, Bio-Business Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau