Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

September 22, 2014

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 12th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

1.Date and Venue

(1) Date: From 21 October to 23 October 2014
(2) Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Tokyo (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

2.Theme & Discussion Points

(1) Theme: Resilient Communities for Active Aging
 ※Active Aging:“Active ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for
 health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.”
 (WHO (2002) Active Ageing Policy Framework)
(2) Discussion Points

3.Expected participants

4.Expected collaborator

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 11th 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, “Resilient Communities for Active Aging “will be discussed in the 12th meeting. Since the ASEAN regions are expected to face the aging society at a speed equal to faster than Japan, there is a growing awareness of measures to address the aging of society. In such situation, MHLW is cooperating with the approach to Active Aging in the ASEAN regions in order to share the knowledge and experience of Japan which has been aging at extraordinary rapid pace in the world. This year, we will pay attention to communities, and discuss the improvement in healthcare and welfare system in communities and the establishment of age-friendly cities, enhance the aging measures in ASEAN and deepen the international cooperation.

7.Tentative programme

Day 1: Tuesday 21 October 9:30~17:00

Day 2: Wednesday 22 October 8:00~18:30

Day 3: Thursday 23 October 9:00~15:00

8.Seats for the public

 Please acknowledge that the Seat for the public in the meeting are available on Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 23.
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 Friday, October 10.
  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 12th 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 12th 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.