From the Foundation
Toyota Foundation co-hosted ASEAN Japan Active Aging Regional Conference
update：July 2, 2014
On 20th June, ASEAN Japan Active Aging Regional Conference was held at Japanese Embassy, Jakarta. The Conference was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan (MoHLW), Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Toyota Foundation. Among the total number of around 130 participants, there were Mr. Aiboshi, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, Ambassadors from Mr. Maramis, Director, Cross-Sectoral Cooperation Directorate of ASEC, Dr. Horie, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Affairs, MoHLW, Mr. Kan, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN, Mr. Keomany, Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to ASEAN, Mr. Chirapant, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN, and other distinguished guests from ASEAN countries.
Following the opening remarks of Ambassador Aiboshi and Mr. Maramis, opening remarks from Ms. Atsuko Toyama, the President of the Toyota Foundation was made (represented), and two of the recipients from the 2013 Toyota Foundation International Program presented their findings as keynote speeches: “Population Aging, Elderly Care and the Community-based Integrated Approach for Older Persons’ Long-term Care System” from Dr. Worawet Suwanrada, Dean of the College of Pupulation Studies of Chulalongkorn University, and “Sustainability of elderly care and migration: Who cares?” from Dr. Wako Asato. Both presentations received questions from the floor, which shows the relevance of their findings in the ASEAN countries.
Dr. Asato and participants
Dr. Chanvit with Dr. Horie
After the break, the MoHLW and six ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) reported their current situation and experience, and a document of recommendation was formulated as a result of the conference.
As aging is expected to become a coordination issue in ASEAN, the relevance of aging issues are starting to be recognized in these countries. Our programs also need to provide useful knowledge and inputs for all regional countries including Japan, as well as to enhance the personal exchange of peer professionals within the region.
(Ken Aoo, Group for International Grants)