Ageing, living and wellbeing in Japan and Finland

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Japan is the first nation considered to be a “super-ageing society”, while Finland is the fastest ageing country in Europe. Despite the geographical distance and cultural differences, the two countries face very similar challenges in the coming decades: how to maintain the quality of life in a society where the old outnumber the young? How to respond to the needs of a diverse elderly population?

The aim of the conference was to share Finnish and Japanese perspectives and approaches to the issues of ageing. The talks addressed not only the problems, but also the success stories and emerging solutions that can benefit both countries.

Date: October 31st (Thu)
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (Doors open 13:30)
Venue: Embassy of Finland
3 Chome-5-39 Minamiazabu, Minato City
Free admission
Seminar languages were Japanese and English, interpretation provided


13:30 Doors open
14:00 Greeting: Ambassador of Finland Pekka Orpana
Director of Finnish Institute in Japan, Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen
14:10 Noora Ervelius (Finnish Institute in Japan)
14:40 Professor, Dr. Midori Takayama. Keio University
15:25 Emeritus Professor, Dr. Tohru Ifukube. Hokkaido University and Tokyo University
16:10 Associate Professor, Dr. Erika Takahashi. Chiba University
16:55 Closing remarks
17:00 Event ends

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