2021 AHWIN Researchers Virtual Roundtable

December 13, 2021

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) convened a meeting of about three dozen researchers from a number of projects that have been funded through ERIA  as part of our program on Healthy Aging in Asia under the auspices of the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). This meeting gave researchers the opportunity to share information about their work with one another, compare notes, and discuss the implications of their findings to date.

In addition to presentations from the research network, this year’s roundtable featured a special panel on “Digitalization and the Health and Wellbeing of Older People in Asia,” in keeping with this year’s UN International Day of Older Person’s theme of “Digital Equity for all Ages.” The panel discussed  how digital and other technologies are being applied to promote the health and wellbeing of older persons, how different sectors are contributing to the development of such technologies, the challenges faced in the development and adoption of these innovations, and how the pandemic has impacted that trend. It featured presentations from representatives of Tetsuyu Healthcare and SmartPeep, two technology companies who were recognized by our Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation for their use of AI to address the needs of older people, as well as from a representative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

This meeting was the 3rd in a series of annual meetings that have taken place as part of our activities to promote dialogue on healthy aging in the region. See below for information on past meetings:



SESSION 1: Research Presentations

YASUHIKO SAITO, Research Project Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University, Japan; Senior Advisor on Population Ageing, ERIA

Older People and COVID-19 in Indonesia
DINAR KHARISMA, Senior Policy Planner, Directorate of Poverty Alleviation and Community Empowerment, BAPPENAS (Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia)

Health and Long-Term Care Information in Ageing Asia Project
REIKO HAYASHI, Deputy Director, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS) team

Session 2: Discussion on Digitalization and the Health and Wellbeing of Older People in Asia

MOHD ROHAIZAT HASSAN, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health, National University of Malaysia

NG LI LIAN, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Tetsuyu Healthcare Holdings (HAPI award winner)

LIM MENG HUI, Founder, SmartPeep (HAPI award winner)

MOMOKO ABE, Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/Japan)

TSE NAM PETER CHIN, Associate Social Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP ENEA)


TAKUMA KATO, Director for Healthcare and Long-Term Policy, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)