Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

September 18, 2015

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 13th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

1.Date and Venue

(1) Date: From 20 October to 22 October 2015
(2) Venue: ANA CROWNE PLAZA KOBE, Kobe city, Hyogo, Japan

2.Theme & Discussion Points

(1) Theme: People-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction and Restoration
(2) Discussion Points

3.Expected participants


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.

7.Tentative programme

Day 1: Tuesday 20 October 9:00~16:45

Day 2: Wednesday 21 October 8:00~18:00

Day 3: Thursday 22 October 9:00~15:20

8.Seats for the public

 Please acknowledge that the Seat for the public in the meeting are available on Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22.
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 isFriday, October 9..
  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 13th 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 13 th
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.