How do universities shape super active aging societies in the Asia Pacific?
December 6, 2019

APRU experts contribute to Nikkei Super Active Ageing Society Conference

We are pleased to note the active engagement and support by APRU Population Aging Steering Group members Hiroki Nakatani and John Piggott for the Nikkei Super Active Ageing Society Conference held on October 15 in Tokyo, Japan. In the lecture focused on the impact of demographic change on labor supply and economic growth, Piggot, Director of the ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR) at UNSW Sydney, analyzed how APEC can meet the challenges ahead.

The Nikkei conference was supported by APRU in collaboration with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW); the Financial Services Agency (FSA); and the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO).

It immediately followed the 10th APRU Population Aging Conference hosted by Keio University in Tokyo. Hiroki Nakatani, special appointed professor, Keio University Global Research Institute, APRU Population Aging Program Director and Secretary General of the Nikkei conference, initiated the link between APRU and the Nikkei Super Active Aging Society Conference.

Former Keio President Atsushi Seike also presented at the Nikkei event, noting that Japan is the first country in the world to have a super aging society, and that elderly people in Japan have a strong desire to participate in the workforce.

Attended by leading figures in government, industry, and academia from around the world, the Nikkei event generated numerous proposals and recommendations for realizing a more active aging society. The 10th APRU

Population Aging Conference, for its part, had over 100 participants from across the Asia-Pacific, including leaders from the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan’s MHLW and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as well as the health ministers from the Republic of Fiji, New Caledonia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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