Keio-APRU Population Ageing Hub Longevity Initiative-High-Level Policy Discussion Meeting on Challenges Posed by a Rapidly Ageing Society with Dr. Victor J Dzau, President, United States National Academy of Medicine - (Apr.14, 2018)


On Saturday April 14 2018, Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI)'s APRU Ageing Research Longevity Initiative hosted a high-level policy discussion meeting at Shinanomachi Campus.

The meeting allowed for an open discussion among leading academics and policy-makers on solutions for improving health and happiness in a rapidly ageing society. It featured special guests Dr. Victor Dzau (President of the United States National Academy of Medicine), Senator Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors), Dr. Hiroto Izumi (Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) and Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa (Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture). In addition, the meeting was attended by top faculty members Prof. Masayuki Amagai (Dean of the Keio University School of Medicine) and Prof. Hideyuki Okano(Dean of the Keio University Graduate School of Medicine and Leader of the Keio University Longevity Initiative), as well as other Keio University professors and high-ranking officials from the prefectural and national governments.

The first half of the meeting was devoted to four presentations, respectively on: the role of Keio University in research on healthy longevity; the Role of the National Academy of Medicine in Catalyzing Innovation and Charting the Future of Healthy Longevity; Japan's National Policy Orientation and Architecture; and Longevity Research at Keio University.

In the second half of the meeting, there were two additional contributions from the perspectives of the Japanese Government and the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, followed by a targeted exchange among participants on ways to address the many challenges of our rapidly ageing societies, particularly in Japan and the United States, but also in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. Discussions focused around: improved funding mechanisms at national and global level as a catalyst for research and innovation in the field of healthy longevity; Keio University's vision and ongoing research; creating global synergies for technological and human resource exchange and capacity building; necessary change and collaboration in social security policy and long term care at the prefectural, national, Asia-Pacific and global levels; the importance of preventative healthcare and education in reducing the social and financial cost of an ageing population; and developing effective indicators to estimate individual healthy life-span.

Participants agreed that the exchange was very productive and further meetings should be held in the future, in continued collaboration with Keio University.

From left to right: Masato Yasui, Hidayuki Okano, Kenji Shuto, Masayuki Amagai, Hiroto Izumi, Koji Miura, Victor J. Dzau, Hiroki Nakatani, Yuji Kuroiwa, Keizo Takemi and Atsushi Seike

Meeting Report

Masayuki Amagai - Dean, Keio University School of Medicine
Welcome to Keio University School of Medicine

Victor Dzau - President, US National Academy of Medicine
Catalyzing Innovation and Charting the Future of Healthy Longevity: Role of the National Academy of Medicine

Keizo Takemi - Member, House of Councillors
National Policy Orientation and Architecture

Hideyuki Okano - Dean, Keio University Graduate School of Medicine
Leader, Longevity Initiative, Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI)
Longevity Research in Keio University

Hiroto Izumi - Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Aged society and Japan's experiences - Mechanism for healthy and vibrant society

Yuji Kuroiwa - Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
"Health Care New Frontier" Kanagawa's Innovative Policy for the challenges of Super Aging Society