Japan Elderly Care Services Drawing Interest from Thailand, Other Asian Nations

Etsuo Kono
February 8, 2024
Yomiuri Shimbun

“Japan’s elderly care services are drawing interest from other Asian countries that also face rapidly aging societies. . . In early November, three older people with dementia were cleaning a park in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. A group of nine visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, China and Singapore observed the way the three, who receive the services of a nearby daycare center, were contributing to their community. The visitors included representatives of civil society organizations that provide support for the elderly. The Japan Center for International Exchange, which aims to help other Asian countries in dealing with issues related to population aging, was among the organizations that invited the visitors to learn about Japan’s elderly care services.”

This article from the Yomiuri Shimbun relates some of the experiences of a group of Grand Prize Winners of the Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI), who visited Japan on a study tour that was part of their award. HAPI is carried out under the auspices of the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). 

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This article was written by Etsuo Kono and published in the Yomiuri Shimbun.