World Health Day 2012 – Ageing and Health

Invitation to WKC forum, 7 April 2012

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World Health Day – Japan

Ageing and Health – The work of the WHO Kobe Centre

The Centre works closely with colleagues from around the world to conduct research on age-friendly environments, including the development of indicators for age-friendly cities. Taking advantage of its location in Japan, the Centre draws upon the specific expertise and experience of Japan. In collaboration with Japanese researchers the Centre is conducting research on identifying interventions and policies that can add healthy years to life.

There will be an official World Health Day event in Kobe organized by WHO Kobe Centre to reflect the priority being attached to ageing and health in Japan:

Public Forum in Kobe - World Health Day 2012 (April 7)
‘Will Japan’s global leadership on healthy ageing succeed here at home?’

  • Global and national perspectives on ageing and health
  • The vision and the actions that can break the age barriers in an age friendly Japan
  • Forum discussion

(in order)
Alex Ross, WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe
Teiji Takei, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan
Megumi Kano, WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe
Tetsuo Tsuji, University of Tokyo, Institute of Gerontology
Takao Suzuki, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Katsunori Kondo, Nihon Fukushi University
Mariko Bando, Showa Women’s University


Yukio Yamori, Mukogawa Women's University Institute for World Health Development

World Health Day Multimedia

  • A video on YouTube
    We asked people in Kobe: "What are you doing to have a healthy old age?"