Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

November 1st, 2013

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 11th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

1.Date and Venue

(1) Date: From 3 December to 5 December 2013
(2) Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Tokyo (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

2.Theme & Discussion Points

(1) Theme: Active Aging
(2) Discussion Points

3.Expected participants

4.Expected collaborator

The ASEAN Secretariat
WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (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 for strengthening the development of human resources and promoting collaborative relationships in the area of social security between the ASEAN countries and Japan. Participation of the high-level administrative officials who are in charge of health, social welfare and employment policies from ASEAN countries will participate, and officials from People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea are invited to observe the meeting, as well. 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 10th 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.

 The theme, "Active Aging" will be discussed in the 11th meeting. With the world’s population rapidly aging, it is predicted that the number of individuals over 60 years of age will reach 2 billion in 2050. It is also predicted that the aging of Asian countries in particular will either equal or surpass that of Japan which has experienced the most rapid aging in developed countries. Because of this, it is essential for all the ASEAN countries to consider health maintenance, welfare and social security, and the prevention of isolation and poverty. With this background, it is considered useful for the ASEAN countries together with Japan, People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea could derive useful lessons and develop measures for their aging issues, in cooperation with ASEAN Secretariat, WHO, ILO and JICA sharing the knowledge and experiences of Japan and participating countries.
 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.

 This year, we celebrate 40 years anniversary of friendly cooperation between ASEAN countries and Japan, and this Meeting is certain to further deepen and enhance that cooperation.

7.Tentative programme

Day 1: Tuesday 3 December 2013

Day 2: Wednesday 4 December 2013

Day 3: Thursday 5 December 2013

8.Seats for the public

 Please acknowledge that the Seat for the public in the meeting are available on Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5.
 For application, please take note of the following points.

(Points for application)

  1. (1) Please contact us beforehand. Please apply using the attached format ANNEX1 by E-mail.
  2. (2) The deadline for application is Tuesday, November 12.
  3. (3) The numbers of possible seats are limited. If the applicants are to exceed, we will determine by lot, on who can attend.
  4. (4) The observers are requested to 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

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 11th 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 or turn on silent mode the cellular phones.
  3. Please keep quiet, and refrain from any act that interferes with the hearing of the meeting.
  4. Please follow the instructions of the secretariat.