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Healthy and Active Aging in Asia (2017-2019)

For more than a decade, JCIE has been a leader in policy research and dialogue in the health sector through its Global Health and Human Security Program. As an extension of this, we began looking at the critical impact of aging on Japanese and other societies. Rapid population aging is one of the key challenges faced not only by Japan but by an increasing number of ASEAN and East Asian countries. Countries are at different stages in the demographic shift, Japan being the most advanced, but others like the Korea, China, and Thailand are not far behind. And as life expectancy improves in the coming decades, many more countries will also be joining the ranks of aging societies, placing strains on health systems and having a significant mid- to long-term impact on the region’s economies.

In 2017, we have launched a new program on Healthy and Active Aging in Asia, to be carried out in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and in close consultation with the government of Japan’s Asia Health and Human Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). The objective of the program is to contribute to the promotion of bilateral and regional cooperation on aging-related challenges in Asia.

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