ASEAN-Japan Seminar on Regional Cooperation for Aging Society

20 November, 2013


On 11 November, Mission of Japan to ASEAN co-hosted “ASEAN-Japan Seminar on Regional Cooperation for Aging Society” with the ASEAN Secretariat and JICA. The seminar was held in the ASEAN Secretariat and attended by about 70 participants from diplomatic corps, Indonesian government, research institutions and universities. The seminar was conducted as one of the commemorative events for the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.


Dr.Yutaka HORIE, Deputy Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, gave a keynote lecture entitled “Current status of ageing population in Asia and a future direction of international cooperation on active ageing”. In this lecture, Dr.Horie introduced Japan’s assistance to Thailand in dealing with ageing society and pointed that ASEAN could learn from Japan’s experience, taking into account that ASEAN has been experiencing the acceleration of demographic ageing, especially in Indonesia and Thailand. He also stated that, in the context of the augmentation in number of single aged persons in Japan in the near future, Japan needs to learn a spirit of mutual aid by communities in Southeast Asia. The lecture was followed by Dr.Chanvit TATATHEP, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, Dr.Mu’man NURYANA, Expert Staff on Social Impact Affairs of the Ministry of Social Affairas of Indonesia and Dr.Dwini HANDAYANI, Associate Director of Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia with their respective presentation and Q&A session with the audience.


ASEAN-Japan High-Level Officials Meeting on Caring Society is scheduled in December. With the acceleration of demographic ageing in ASEAN, it is hoped that Japan’s experience and knowledge in this area will help ASEAN tackle their ageing issues.

Opening remarks by Ambassador Ishikane

Lecture by Dr.Horie

Group Photo