Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

September 30th, 2011

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 9th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies

25 October – 28 October 2011, Tokyo, Japan

1. Background

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, “Human Resource Development in the sectors of Welfare and Health ~ with a focus on capacity building of service providers and employability promotion of vulnerable people ~ “ will be discussed in the 9th meeting through the participation of government officials in charge of promoting the employability for socially vulnerable people such as the disabled and elderly.

In this meeting, participants will have opportunities to exchange and sharing information pertaining to the theme, and will be expected 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 eight 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.

2. Organizer

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Government of JAPAN.

3. 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)

4. Date and Venue

(1) Date : From 25 October to 28 October 2011

(2) Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, South Tower, 4F, Nishiki

5. Expected participants

6. Tentative programme

Day 1: Tuesday 25 October 2011
Day 2: Wednesday 26 October 2011
Day 3: Thursday 27 October 2011
Day 4: Friday 28 October 2011

7. Working Language


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 25, Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October28 except The Site Visit on Wednesday, October 26.

For application, please take note of the following points.

(Points for application)

(1) Please contact us beforehand.

(2) Please apply by FAX or E-mail. (Please refer to ANNEX 1.)

(3) The deadline for application is Tuesday, October 13 ( must arrive by the deadline date).

(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) The observer must abide by the Instructions shown in ANNEX 2. We may ask those to leave the room if they are not abiding.


*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 9th 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.