Issues and Implications of Ageing Asian Population

FY2018

Implementing Agency The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Year Third year of three-year project
Project Type Self Operated
Budget 15,000,000yen

Project Outline

Targeting East Asia (Japan, South Korea, and China) and Southeast Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines), countries where population ageing is progressing at different rates, this project examines Japan’s experiences and lessons learned from having experienced population ageing ahead of its Asian neighbors, with the aim of presenting specific solutions to issues likely to emerge in these countries as well.

Program Officer

Ms. Nami Yokogi

Events

‘Dialogue for the Future-Digital Aging and Active Aging’ Symposium in Bangkok
The Asia Social Integration Department aims to demonstrate alternative solutions to the issues of population aging, low birth rates, and associated challenges in a practical manner, believing that the experiences and lessons of Japan, which has undergone population-related challenges earlier than its neighbours, can provide useful reference points for other countries in Asia.
On 11th March 2019, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-organised a symposium in Bangkok entitled ‘Dialogue for the Future: Digital Aging and Active Aging’ along with the Japan Foundation Bangkok Japan Cultural Center, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and Young Happy.

3rd Asia Impact Dialogue in Hanoi
Ageing population is one of common issues that Japan and Asia face together. The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has been hosting workshops on population ageing in Asia as a key activity of “Issues and Implications of Ageing Asian Population” project in a collaboration with “Asia Impact Dialogue” project. This time workshop was co-hosted by an international NGO, HelpAge International Vietnam (HAIV) and Vietnam Association of Elderly (VAE) together with SPF on 7th March, 2019.

2nd Asia Impact Dialogue in Fukuoka
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Chairman: Nobuo Tanaka) and the NPO Asian Aging Business Center (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture; President: Takeo Ogawa) jointly hosted the “Asia Impact Dialogue” in Fukuoka City over a three-day period beginning August 29. A variety of events were held over the three days, including a symposium on the topic of “Options for an Aging Asia: Towards an Image of the Elderly as a Social Resource.” The focus throughout was on initiatives and issues for active aging in Japan and the rest of Asia.

1st Asia Impact Dialogue in Singapore
Together with ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Instutite, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) organised a 2-day workshop on “Ageing and Demographic Change in Asia: Caring for the Rapidly Growing Number of Elders in our Society” which was held from 26th to 28th February 2018. The workshop brought together more than 80 thought leaders and policymakers from Singapore and around the region to share and discuss the current and future of ageing in East and Southeast Asia. Four areas were addressed: institutional-residential care, community-based care, education and training for care-givers, and active ageing.

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