Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

September 24th, 2012

Office of International Cooperation,
International Affairs Division,
Minister's Secretariat
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 100-8916, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3595-2404 (Direct)
Fax: +81-3-3502-6678


The 10th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

1.Date and Venue

(1) Date: From 23 October to 25 October 2012
(2) Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Tokyo, Main Tower, 24F, Crystal


Caring Societies for the Socially Vulnerable People Suffering After Natural Disasters

3.Expected participants

4.Expected collaborator

The ASEAN Secretariat
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Japan
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

5.Working Language



The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, JAPAN, has held the ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies annually since 2003, with participation of the high-level administrative officials who are in charge of health and social welfare from ASEAN countries, for strengthening the development of human resources and promoting collaborative relationships between the ASEAN countries and Japan.
The theme, “Caring Societies for the Socially Vulnerable People Suffering After Natural Disasters“ will be discussed in the 10th meeting.
In this meeting, participating countries will have opportunities to exchange and sharing information pertaining to the theme, and will be expected to acquire relevant ideas for policy planning in their respective countries.
The High Level Officials Meetings serve as a vital platform which supports the ASEAN+3 Health Minister’s Meetings and the ASEAN+3 Ministerial Meetings on Social Welfare. The proceedings, discussions, and recommendations of the previous nine High Level Official Meetings were reported to the above-mentioned ASEAN+3 Meetings, in which ASEAN countries expressed profound gratitude for the initiative taken by Japan and expectations to the further meetings.

7.Tentative programme

Day 1: Tuesday 23 October 2012

Day 2: Wednesday 24 October 2012

Day 3: Thursday 25 October 2012

8.Seats for the public and press

Please acknowledge that the Seat for the public or press in the meeting are available on Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 25 except The Site Visit on Wednesday, October 24.
For application, please take note of the following points.

(Points for application)

  1. (1) Please contact us beforehand.
  2. (2) Please apply by FAX or E-mail. (Please refer to ANNEX 1.)
  3. (3) The deadline for application is Tuesday, October 9 ( must arrive by the deadline date).
  4. (4) The number of possible seats for the public is 15. If the applicants are to exceed this number, we will determine by lot, on who can attend.
  5. (5) The observer must abide by the Instructions shown in ANNEX 2. We may ask those to leave the room if they are not abiding.


Contact point

JTB Communications Inc. (JTBCOM), secretariat of the 10th ASEAN-JAPAN High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

Fax: +81-3-5434-8694

Please include the following contents when applying;

*For press, journalists: Please state clearly, if you would like to take pictures during the opening of the day you are attending.


Instructions for the seat for public

Please abide by the following points of concern, when you are sitting in on the 10th ASEAN-JAPAN High Level Officials Meeting. When these cannot be abided, you will be likely to be ordered to leave.

  1. You cannot enter places other than the places where the secretariat has designated.
  2. Please be sure to turn off cellular phones and pocket beepers.
  3. Please refrain from taking pictures video cameras, and tape-recorders. (For Journalists, picture taking is allowed only during the opening)
  4. Please keep quiet, and refrain from any act that interferes with the hearing of the meeting.
  5. Applauding or expressing approval / disapproval is no allowed.
  6. Please refrain from reading newspapers, books and the like, while sitting in.
  7. Please refrain from eating, drinking and smoking while sitting in.
  8. Please refrain from entering or leaving the room, except when it is unavoidable.
  9. Persons who have firearms and other dangerous, objects persons who are drunk, and persons who are likely to disturb the peace and order, will be refused to sit in.
  10. Please follow the instructions of the secretariat.