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International Forum on the Super Aging Challenge to Be Held

- An international event that brings together knowledge from inside and outside Japan and discusses ideal approaches to an aging society full of vitality -

September 6, 2021

Japan's population is aging faster than any other country in the world. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the International Forum on the Super Aging Challenge, an international event that brings together knowledge from inside and outside the country and discusses ideal approaches to an aging society full of vitality. The forum is held as part of the Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan, which is jointly held with the Nikkei Super Active Aging Society Conference organized by Nikkei Inc.

A two-day program of private-public events that lead the international community to achieving the best outcomes for an aging society aims to accelerate innovations that will help increase the healthy life expectancy of people around the world.

Japan is the world's first super-aging society, with one in three people being elderly. As the increasing number of patients with lifestyle-related diseases, dementia, and other issues leads to more and more serious outcomes, industry, academia, and government are working together to implement various initiatives. It is important for the country to become a role model for other aging societies and to contribute by spreading information about these kinds of initiatives to all relevant countries and further developing them by incorporating wisdom from around the world into their design and execution.
Based on these ideas, METI has been holding the Well Aging Society Summit Asia-Japan since 2018 in cooperation with experts both at home and abroad, with the aim of promoting the international sharing of information about healthcare and aging.
This time, the summit is held jointly with the Nikkei Super Active Aging Society Conference organized by Nikkei Inc., which will feature many global experts as speakers. By doing so, it aims to accelerate innovations that will help increase the healthy life expectancy of people around the world.

1. Outline of the event

Title:

International Forum on the Super Aging Challenge

Date:

November 15 (Mon.) 9:00-18:00, and
November 16 (Tue.) 9:00-15:00, 2021

Place:

Iino Hall & Conference Center
Iino Building 4F, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Note:
In light of the impact of COVID-19, advance applications are required to attend the forum, and attendance will be either in-person or via a live stream. For more information on participation, please see the website above.

Organizers:

Nikkei Inc.; METI

Sponsors:

Amgen Inc.; Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation; and MTG Co., Ltd.

Supporters (tentative):

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Financial Services Agency; World Health Organization (WHO); Western Pacific Regional Office; Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU); and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Cooperator in planning:

Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)

Media partner:

Financial Times

Well Aging Society Summitのロゴ

2. Content

There will be keynote speeches, panel discussions and other events discussing the current situation, challenges and future approaches in each area.

Themes (tentative): Digital health and innovation; the potential of investment in health; India session; reducing the risk of dementia and public implementation

3. Reference links

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group