Asia is home to the largest population of older persons and to some of the most rapidly aging countries globally. Facing the changing demographic landscape of the region, countries are starting to recognize the importance of preparing for an aging society and the continuing need to promote the wellbeing and social inclusion of older persons. The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) convened the 2022 AHWIN Forum in Japan, which will chair the 2023 G7 meetings. This Forum sought to encourage and inform effective aging-related policies throughout the world and to foster regional cooperation in promoting healthy and active aging among older persons in Asia. The focus this year was on regional efforts to translate data and innovations into better policies, products, and programs for healthy aging and care for older persons, and on discussing best practices in designing age-friendly cities that enable people to stay active and connected and foster solidarity among generations.
The AHWIN Forum is a special ERIA-JCIE initiative, convened under the auspices of the Government of Japan’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN) to bring together policymakers, researchers, private sector enterprises, and practical program implementers across the region for a dialogue on the future direction of global and regional collaboration to harness the benefits of data, technology, and innovation for the promotion of healthy aging in Asia and throughout the world. The Forum was immediately followed by an award ceremony and reception for the recipients of the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (see below).
CO-ORGANIZERS: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) | Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
SUPPORTERS: Cabinet Secretariat Office of Healthcare Policy, Government of Japan; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan; Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation
AKIO OKAWARA, President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
KEIZO TAKEMI, Member, House of Councillors, Senior Fellow, JCIE
HIROSHI MINAMI, Deputy Director General, Office of Healthcare Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
ALANA OFFICER, Unit Head, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, World Health Organization (WHO)
JOHN EU-LI WONG, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, Senior Vice President, Health Innovation and Translation, The National University of Singapore [Presentation]
Panel 1: Translating data and innovation to policy and practice
Cosponsored by the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation
Experts and private sector representatives will discuss how technology can be translated and transferred into meaningful products and services to promote healthy aging.
TENGKU AIZAN HAMID, Professor in Gerontology and Social Policy, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Research Fellow, Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeing)
PRASERT ASSANTACHAI, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand; President, Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine; Former Chairman, Asia/Oceania International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) [Presentation]
HIROYUKI FUJITA, Founder and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics; Chief Technology Officer, CT-MR Division, Canon Medical Systems Corporation; Member of OIST Board of Governors
ASHISH NARAYAN, Programme Officer, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific [Presentation]
Panel 2: Designing age-friendly cities facilitating mobility and social inclusion
An age-friendly city should be designed for diversity, inclusion, and cohesion, addressing the needs of all ages and capacities. This session will bring together planners and practitioners to discuss the importance of designing age-friendly cities that enable people to stay active and connected and foster solidarity among generations.
MOMOKO ABE, Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
CHONG KENG HUA, Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design [Presentation]
KATSUNORI KONDO, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Health Policy, Center for Preventive Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine at Chiba University [Presentation]
JOHN EU-LI WONG, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, Senior Vice President, Health Innovation and Translation, The National University of Singapore
Award Ceremony for the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI)
Immediately following the AHWIN Forum, the winners of the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI) were recognized at a special award ceremony. Rapid population aging requires creative approaches from both the public and private sectors. Launched in 2020, the Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI) seeks to recognize and amplify innovative policies, programs, services, and products that address the challenges facing aging societies, help extend healthy and meaningful lives, and improve the provision of care to older adults. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 marked our first opportunity to celebrate our award winners together in person and to introduce leading innovations from around the region.