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Program of the 2nd Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan Released

Worldwide experts, investors, and representatives of large companies and startups will present

October 1, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been holding the Japan Healthcare Business Contests and other events to uncover and support venture businesses and entities that will contribute to solving challenges that Japanese healthcare industries are facing. Amid advancing efforts, METI identified unique, effective services that may help Japan address challenges of a super-aged society. Against this backdrop, METI will hold the 2nd Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan as an international event bringing together worldwide experts, representatives of large companies and startups, investors, public officials and other people to hold discussions on global efforts for addressing the super-aged society and future directions of solutions thereto. METI hereby announces that it will start a call for general visitors.

1. Background and purpose

Japan has already entered 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 this situation, Japan is required to seamlessly create and develop new healthcare industries that solve these challenges and meet a variety of public demands for health.

METI has been holding Japan Healthcare Business Contests and other events to uncover and support venture businesses and entities that will contribute to solving challenges that Japanese healthcare industries are facing. Following on from 2018, METI will hold the 2nd Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan as an international conference providing business matching opportunities not only to convey outstanding services of the industries to people inside and outside Japan but also to encourage investors, companies and other entities inside and outside Japan to invest in healthcare businesses in Japan and other countries.

2. Outline of the event

Title of event: 2nd Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan

Date:

From October 16 (Wed.) to 17 (Thur.), 2019

Venue:

Muromachi Mitsui Hall & Conference (3rd floor of Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower)

Address:

3-2-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Organizers:

METI and the Healthcare Innovation Hub (InnoHub)

Co-organizers:

The Office of Healthcare Policy of the Cabinet Secretariat, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)

3. Program and major speakers (tentative)

October 16 (Wed.)

9:30 to 9:50: Opening remarks

9:30 to 9:40: Speaker under coordination
9:40 to 9:50: Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, Japan Medical Association

10:00 to 10:30: Keynote speeches

10:00 to 10:15: Dr. Victor Dzau, U.S. National Academy of Medicine
10:15 to 10:30: Dr. Makoto Suematsu, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

10:45 to 11:45: Panel discussion “Future Innovations in Medical Care”

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13:15 to 14:15: Panel discussion “Rational Medicine”

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14:30 to 18:30: Pitch contest for venture businesses

14:30 to 16:30: Theme: Quality Digital Health

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16:30 to 18:30: Theme: Aging
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18:45 to 20:15: Networking event for speakers, venture businesses, supporting organizations and other stakeholders

October 17 (Thur.)

9:30 to 9:50: Welcome speeches

9:30 to 9:40: METI (speaker under coordination)
9:40 to 9:50: MHLW (speaker under coordination)

9:50 to 10:20: Keynote speeches

9:50 to 10:05: H.E. Mr. Hugo de Jonge, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Netherlands
10:05 to 10:20: H.E. Ms. Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

10:30 to 11:00: Keynote speeches

10:30 to 10:45: Mr. Andre Belelieu, World Economic Forum
10:45 to 11:00: Mr. George Hara, Alliance Forum Foundation

11:00 to 12:00: Panel discussion “Business-based Vitalization of Health Control and Disease Prevention through Foods”

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13:30 to 14:30: Panel discussion “Efforts for Aging Disease”

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14:45 to 15:45: Panel discussion “Toward Establishment of Aging Society”

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16:00 to 17:30: Panel discussion “Current Situations of Digital Health”

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4. Call for general visitors

If you wish to attend the event, visit the following website and complete prior registration after confirming the details on the website.

Please note that participants will be selected by lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue.

Period of the call: From October 1 (Tue.) to 17:30, October 4 (Fri.), 2019

5. Registration of the press

For more information on the registration of the press, METI will release it at a later date.

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group