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Promoting Cooperation towards the Challenge of an Aging Asian Society

Implementing Agency Asian Aging Business Center (Japan) Year 3/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 10,000,000yen
Project Contents
Japan is home to the most aged population in the world. Hence, in Asia, where aging is forecast to accelerate rapidly in coming years, Japan's nursing care insurance system, as well as other systems and initiatives, are drawing much attention.
The objective of this project is to determine the applicability of Japan's experience in addressing an aging population to Asian countries. To achieve this, case studies from Japan will be assembled, assessed for applicability to other countries, and, where appropriate, shared with other countries in Asia. By the end of last fiscal year, a collection of "Case Studies on Coping with Aging Populations" was developed in the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese languages, then analyzed by a working group composed of Korean and Chinese experts to determine the applicability of the Japanese studies to Korea and China. Furthermore, local studies were conducted in Korea and China to determine the current status of aging and relevant aging policy, and the applicability of the findings of the working group was discussed.
Implementation Plan
In the final year of the three-year project, a project model will be constructed and project results will be disseminated through international symposiums and other events in order to share Japan's experience of an aging population with Asian countries. Furthermore, Japanese instructors will be dispatched to China and Korea to train their caregivers while Chinese and Korean practicioners will be invited to Japan for training in order to effectively disseminate the model and establish nursing qualifications that are recognized throughout East Asia.

  • Investigation of viable models
    • Meeting of the Korean working group (July, Fukuoka)
      Scheduled attendants: Prof. Takeo Ogawa PhD, Graduate School of Health & Welfare, Yamaguchi Prefectural University, Prof. Baku Bonkan, Fukuoka Social Medical Welfare University, Duk SUNWOO, PhD in Health Science, Head of Team, Long-Term Care Policy Team, Center for Ageing and Population Studies (CAPS), Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Prof. Sung-Kook Lee, PhD Dept. of Preventive Medicine School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, Kyungpook National University.
    • Meeting of the Chinese working group (July, August, Shanghai)
      Scheduled attendants: Prof. Takeo Ogawa PhD Graduate School of Health & Welfare, Yamaguchi Prefectural University, Associate Prof. Lizhong Ma, PhD, Deputy Director of International Office, Shanghai University, Chen XiaoXian, Dongdu Culture and Communication Center, Associate Prof. Bao Min, Faculty of Health and Welfare, Department of Health and Social Services, Hiroshima International University, Miyoko Tawa Team Director, Social Security Team, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • International Symposiums and Workshops
    • International symposiums will be held in Tokyo and Fukuoka in October.
    • Workshops will be held in Korea (planned for November; Pusan) & China (planned for December; Shanghai).
  • Fostering care works with multicultural backgrouds
    • Two Japanese experts will be dispatched to Korea and China, respectively, to provide training for care workers (January 2011).
    • Two practitioners from each of Korea and China will be invited to Fukuoka to take part in training (February 2011).
Project Results
The project’s goals are to review data gathered from multiple sources and promote and support the sharing of information between Asian countries to explore the possibilities for applying Japan’s experience in dealing with aging to Asia.

In the first year, case studies on aging were compiled in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. In fiscal 2009, working groups in South Korea and China conducted research and discussed applicability through local field studies. In fiscal 2010, the working groups deepened their studies. At an international conference held in October 2010, the Fukuoka ACAP (Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific) 2010 Declaration was announced in which Fukuoka was designated the base for information on aging in East Asia.