ROUNDTABLE | A Discussion on the Kanagawa Healthcare New Frontier, Age-Friendly Communities,and Public-Private Engagement to Achieve the SDGs

July 18, 2023
New York City

As part of our new US-Japan Program on Healthy and Resilient Aging, JCIE hosted a discussion between Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa and a group of experts in the fields of global health, aging, and sustainable development. The event was a follow-up to a recent one-week study tour to Japan in May 2023 with a group from Columbus, Ohio, which included a visit to Kanagawa Prefecture, and a meeting with Governor Kuroiwa.

Ambassador Mikio Mori, Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York, gave introductory remarks to open the session. Governor Kuroiwa then presented on his work, outlining Kanagawa’s Healthcare New Frontier Policy and outlined the Prefecture’s efforts to ensure people live long and healthy lives as Japan deals with the challenges of rapid aging population. He explained the concepts of ME-BYO, the idea that people continuously shift between being “healthy” and “sick,” and that it is thus important to take ongoing steps to maintain and improve one’s health, and “Vibrant Inochi,” the idea that people should be able to live a healthy life full of laughter and fulfillment. He also emphasized Kanagawa’s leadership in participating in the WHO’s Age-Friendly Cities Network, with 22 out of Japan’s 24 age-friendly communities being in Kanagawa.

Participants, including representatives from civil society and the private sector, also shared some of their own work on the promotion of global health and wellbeing and engaged in a lively discussion with the Governor. A full list of participants can be found below.

Featured Speaker

Hon. Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture 


Kazuyo Kato, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)  


Rajiv Ahuja, Associate Director, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging 

Kimberly Gould Ashizawa, Senior Advisor, JCIE/USA  

Kevin Bayes, Program and Administrative Assistant, JCIE/USA 

Susan Berresford, Trustee, JCIE/USA; former President, Ford Foundation 

Staci Custus, Program Officer (Global Health), JCIE/USA  

Beth Finkel, State Director, AARP New York 

James Gannon, Senior Fellow, JCIE/USA 

Ryohei Iiyama, Senior Staff Member, Global Strategy, Inochi and Future Strategy HQs Office, Kanagawa Prefectural Government 

Marie Kissel, Senior Advisor, Government Affairs, Abbott; Trustee, JCIE/USA 

Mitsuhiro Kobayashi, Director of General Affairs, Consulate General of Japan in New York 

Osamu Mima, Director, Kanagawa Division, JETRO New York 

Mikio Mori, Ambassador, Consul-General of Consulate General of Japan, New York 

Molly Moss, Global Health Policy Officer, UN Foundation 

Ryuta Nomura, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Central Institute for Experimental Animals  

Stephen McHugh, Program Officer (Aging Program, Democracy Program), JCIE/USA 

Kenichi Oki, Associate Director General of Healthcare Innovation, Kanagawa Prefectural Government 

Ayako Sato, Group Leader, Global Strategy, Inochi and Future Strategy HQs Office, Kanagawa Prefectural Government  

Taku Shibayama, Secretary to the Governor for Administrative Policy, Kanagawa Prefectural Government