Ageing in the world will continue to proceed rapidly in next half century. Therefore, it is required that we provide and share ideas to tackle ageing, the dramatic social changes we are facing.
Especially, in a super-ageing society, it is necessary to build a platform for extending health, career, and asset life expectancy, and a multi-sector approach is required for realization.
In this conference, focusing on possible future issues, we would like to invite leading experts from industry, academia and government around the world to discuss for more active ageing society. We intend to make proposals for resolving issues of ageing in the world as guidelines for policy making.
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
Coredo Muromachi 5F (entrance on 4F), 2-2-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
The Financial Times
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Financial Services Agency (FSA)
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
Eisai Co., Ltd.
IBM Japan, Ltd.
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
Simultaneous interpretations in English and Japanese
30th September 2019 (Mon)
*In case the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the venue, attendees will be selected by lottery. Notification will be sent to the successful applicants along with an "Entrance Ticket" to the conference. Those who unfortunately were not selected in the lottery will also be notified by email.
Chair: Atsushi Seike President, Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan
Secretary-General: Hiroki Nakatani Specially-appointed professor, Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI)
Members（In alphabetical order）
Hiroshi Yoshikawa President of Rissho University, Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo
John Piggott Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and Scientia Professor of Economics at the University of New South Wales
Kazumi Nishikawa Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industries Policy Group, METI
Keiko Shimizu President of Sawayaka Well-being Foundation
Keisuke Naito Corporate Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Head of Dementia Total Inclusive Ecosystem, Eisai Co., Ltd.
Kohei Komamura Professor of Faculty of Economics and Director of the Research Center for Financial Gerontology, Keio University
Linda P. Fried Dean of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health
Norishige Morimoto Vice President, IBM Research and Development, Japan
Shuichi Nakamura President of Forum for Social Security Policy, Professor of Graduate School of International University of Health and Welfare
Tan Chorh Chuan Executive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation, Singapore's Ministry of Health
Tomoya Utsude First Senior Vice President, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
Yasuyuki Sahara Senior Assistant Minister for Global Health, MHLW
Yoshiki Sawa Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
Yoshitake Yokokura President, Japan Medical Association
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 Keynote Speech (1) "Towards Super Active Ageing Society"
9:45-10:05 Theme Lecture (1) "For healthy Longevity"
10:05-10:55 Panel Session "Health"
10:55-11:15 Keynote Speech (2) "Dementia Ecosystem Development to Encourage Social Innovation"
11:30-11:50 Keynote Speech (3) “Creating Living in Your Own Way” of the 100-Year Life
11:50-12:10 Theme Lecture (2) "The impact of demographic change on labour supply and economic growth: Can APEC meet the challenges ahead?"
12:10-13:00 Panel Session "Employment / Social Participation"
14:20-14:40 Keynote Speech (4) "Improving Eldery's QOL with Technology"
14:40-15:00 Theme Lecture (3) "Financial asset management in an ageing society"
15:00-15:50 Panel Session "Financial Gerontology"
16:05-16:25 Special Lecture
16:25-17:25 Summary Session "To the future"
17:25-17:35 Closing Remarks
Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo, Director of Co-Creation Center for Active Aging Japan
Hiroko Akiyama, a gerontologist, is professor of emeritus at the University of Tokyo and the former vice president of Science Council of Japan. Professor Akiyama has conducted a number of cross-national surveys and is widely recognized as an expert on issues of global aging. She is known for the long-running research on the elderly in Japan—tracking the aging patterns of approximately 6,000 Japanese elderly for 30 years. Recently she initiated social experiment projects that pioneer to re-design communities to meet the needs of the highly aged society, and Kamakura Living Lab, a platform for co-creation among users, industry, government and academia. She started the Institute of Gerontology at University of Tokyo in 2006. Professor Akiyama received Ph.D. in psychology from University of Illinois, the United States.
Centre head & Co-founder, Certified NPO Maggie's Tokyo
CEO, Cares Co.,Ltd.／Cares Hakujuji Visiting nursing station
Ms. Akiyama was born in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. After graduating from St. Luke's College of Nursing in 1973, she was engaged in clinical and nursing education in the Kansai region of Japan. When her sister was suffering from terminal cancer, she realized importance of hospice care at home and started working for a visiting nursing service in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in 1992. She established her own company in 2001 after the parent company closed its operation.
She currently serves as President of Cares Co., Ltd. and general manager of Hakujuji Visiting Nursing Station in Shinjuku and Higashi-Kurume with three business operations: home nursing, home care support and visiting care.
In 2011, she established “Health Room for Living (Kurashi-no-Hokenshitsu)” for elderly people in public housing complexes.
In 2015, the company opened the small, multifunctional (composite type) nursing home Sakamachi Mimosa no Ie at Yotsuyazaka, Tokyo.
She is now the centre head of Maggie’s Tokyo at Toyosu. It is a member of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre International network established to offer support for people living with cancer. Maggie’s Tokyo is accredited as a nonprofit organization and has been active in Tokyo since October 2016.
Linda P. Fried
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Fried is a serial innovator, known for tackling the major issues of our lengthening lives that affect our collective health and future. Her scientific contributions include creating the transformational science defining frailty as a medical condition, led research on the natural history of frailty and disability, and illuminating their causes and the potential for prevention and treatment as keys to optimizing health for older adults. She is the designer and founder of Experience Corps, an evidence-based senior volunteer public health program in which older adults serve in public schools. The program was designed to simultaneously prevent cognitive loss and functional decline and enable meaning and purpose in the volunteers while benefiting students. Dean Fried advocates for the potential of longer lives to be the basis of a Third Demographic Dividend whereby society benefits from the social capital of older adults and invests in health promotion across the life course. Under her leadership, the Columbia University Mailman School has built a wide range of new dimensions of public health science, from the University-wide Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center to the new science of precision prevention, and has become a key leader in innovation in public health education and in intersectoral partnerships for health.
Executive Officer & General Manager of Frontier Strategy Planning and Support Division, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
After graduating from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University in 1988 (Majoring in Social Welfare), Ishizaki joined Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation and has since been widely engaged in the trust business such as with corporate agency business, pensions, inheritance, real estate, and more. The new products asset management service called “Zutto Anshin Shintaku” which helps customers and their families protect their funds and allows them to receive funds according to their chosen plan and “Mago-Yorokobu” a product that leverages the system of Educational Fund Gift Trust, which were developed to solve social issues, have been awarded the Nikkei Veritas Award consecutively. Currently, Ishizaki is the general manager of the Frontier Strategy Planning and Support Division, which oversees new product development for financial gerontology research, senior citizens, renewable energy, and regional revitalization.
WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific
Dr Takeshi Kasai began his term as WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific on 1 February 2019, following his nomination by the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific and his appointment by the WHO Executive Board.
The public health career of Dr Kasai began nearly 30 years ago when he was assigned to a remote post on the northeast coast of Japan, providing health-care services for the elderly. His early experiences there impressed upon him value of building strong health systems from the ground up. In the mid-1990s, Dr Kasai attended the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he studied in the Department of Global Health and Development and received a master’s degree in public health.
Dr Kasai has worked for WHO for more than 15 years, and at the time of his nomination was Director of Programme Management, the No. 2 position at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines. As a Technical Officer and later as the Director of the Division of Health Security at the Regional Office, he was instrumental in developing and implementing the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies, which guides Member States in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
Dr Kasai also served as the WHO Representative in Viet Nam from 2012 to 2014, and in 2014 received the For the People’s Health Medal from the Government, the top honor bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to public health.
General Manager, Human Resources Department
Daiwa House Industry Co.,Ltd.
Kikuoka joined Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. in 1996. Since then, he has been responsible for HR operations within both the company and other group companies.
In April 2013, he was appointed to the head of the human resources group in the human resources department of the head office. At that time, he was engaged in the introduction of the company’s own unique systems such as the “active aging system” that allows employees to continue working after retirement without an upper age limit, and the “filial piety support system” that provides caregivers who live far away from their hometown with return travel expenses to visit their parents.
In October 2016, he was appointed as assistant general manager of the human resources department at the Tokyo Head Office. In April 2018, he assumed the position of general manager of the human resources department at Tokyo Headquarters (current position). Currently, as head of the human resources department in the Tokyo headquarters / head office and East Japan area, he is responsible for promoting the company's “work style reforms”.
President and Representative Director, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
Born in Tokyo in 1960, Masatoshi Koide graduated from the Faculty of Law, Tokyo University, in 1984, whereupon he joined Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, Limited. In June 1990, he became a member of the New York State Bar. He joined Aflac Japan* in November 1998, staying until March 2006, serving as general manager, Compliance/Inspection Department, and as vice president, general counsel and compliance officer.
In April 2006, he Joined Citibank, N. A., Japan Branch, followed by Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd. in December 2006. In December 2008, he rejoined Aflac Japan* as vice president, assuming the role of president and representative in Japan in July 2017. Since April 2, 2018, he has been president and representative director of Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
*Formerly American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Japan Branch)
Professor of Faculty of Economics and Director of Research Center for Financial Gerontology, Keio University
Keio University Graduate School(Apr.1990-Mar.1995)
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Research Fellow for The Social Development Research Institute (Apr.1993-Nov.1996)
Research Fellow for National Institute of Population and Social Security Research(Dec.1996-Mar.1997)
Associate Professor for Surugadai University (Apr.1997-Mar.2000)
Associate Professor for Toyo University (Apr.2000-Mar.2005)
Professor for Toyo University (Apr.2005- Mar.2007)
The adviser for the Secretariat of the House of Councilors (Spt.2003-Mar.2006)
Professor for Keio University (Apr.2007- present)
Adviser to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Oct, 2009-present)
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
Governor Yuji Kuroiwa was inaugurated as Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture in April 2011, since then he has been serving as Governor for more than eight years. With an aim to create “Magnetic Kanagawa” that people wish to come and live, Governor Kuroiwa has been working to realize a prefecture where everyone can live a healthy, long and vibrant life. Governor Kuroiwa focuses on making the Kanagawa model to overcome the issues caused by a super-aged society. He is promoting his ME-BYO concept that our state of health cannot be clearly divided into healthy or poor conditions, but continuously changes between them. As a result, the word ME-BYO was stated in the Healthcare Policy formulated by the national government. Governor Kuroiwa assumed the post of Healthcare Policy Advisor, Cabinet Secretariat in 2013. Before that, he was a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School from 2009 to 2011. From 1980 to 2009, Kuroiwa worked at the Fuji Television Network, Inc., where he stayed as the anchorperson for over 20 years. He graduated from School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University in 1980.
Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine, Keio University
Masaru Mimura graduated from the Keio University School of Medicine in 1984 where he also obtained his PhD in 1992. He worked as a research fellow at the Boston University School of Medicine Behavioral Neurology Department (Chief, Dr. Martin L. Albert), as well as at the Aphasia Research Center (Director, Harold Goodglass) and the Memory Disorders Research Center (Director, Laired Cermak), both of which are also at Boston University. From 1994 to 1999, he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Tokyo Dental College Ichikawa General Hospital in Chiba. He then moved to the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Showa University School of Medicine, Tokyo, until 2011, when he moved to the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine where he is currently a professor and a chair of the department. He is also vice director of Keio University Hospital, director of the Keio Center for Stress Research, director of the Center for Kampo Medicine, and vice director of the Center for Supercentenarian Medical Research. Additionally, he is president of the Japanese Society of Mood Disorders, president of the Japan Society for Higher Brain Dysfunction, and vice president of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society. His main research interest is in geriatric psychiatry including dementia and late-life depression. He is also interested in neuropsychological rehabilitation of patients with brain damage and organic mental disorders. He has published more than 360 peer-reviewed papers.
Vice President, IBM Research and Development, Japan
Norishige (Noly) Morimoto graduated with BS of Electrical Engineering from Keio University and joined IBM Yamato Laboratory in 1987 as a hardware engineer of compute displays. He received a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and also worked on his dissertation at the MIT Media Lab. In 1995, he returned to Japan and joined IBM Research-Tokyo (TRL). Between 1996 and 2002, he led multiple research projects such as Digital Watermarking, Digital Rights Management, and Mobile Computing at TRL. In 2004 he led a company wide collaborative project between IBM Research and IBM Business Consulting Services (IBCS) called On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS) and worked as a managing consultant at IBCS to deliver new technology to clients and consulted innovation management process to various companies. In 2005 he returned to research to lead hardware research group and in 2006 he was appointed to be an Executive Assistant to Dr. John E Kelly, Senior VP of IBM Research, and went on assignment at IBM Watson Research Center in NY. In 2008, he led the work to expand the IBM global research network in growth markets, and in 2009, he was appointed to Director of IBM Research-Tokyo. In 2015, Noly was appointed to VP & CTO in IBM Asia Pacific stationed in Singapore, and in 2017, he returned to Japan and appointed as VP of IBM Research & Development in Japan. Noly has more than 20 patents in digital watermarking and copyright protection, and several publications in the area of innovation management. He also served as an external board member of Temple University Japan, and as an external Technical Advisor to Delta Corporation.
Head of OECD Tokyo Centre
Since Yumiko joined OECD in 2013 as the head of OECD Tokyo Centre, she has been at the forefront of policy discussions between OECD and governments, businesses and academia in Japan and Asia, covering a wide range of economic policy issues. She has been leading discussions with various stake holders in Japan and Asia, particularly in the areas of Corporate Governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, international trade and innovation. Prior to joining the OECD, Yumiko held a number of leadership positions as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Yumiko has diverse professional experiences, ranging from banking in New York and London to UN Peace Keep Operations in Cambodia. Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard University, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University. She sits on the Japan Advisory Board of Harvard Business School as well as several advisory committees of the Japanese Government.
Representative Corporate Officer and CEO of Eisai Co., Ltd.
Dr. Naito received an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in June 1974. He joined Eisai Co., Ltd. in October 1975 and has been President and CEO since April 1988. He was Vice President of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA) from May 1998 to May 2019, President of the International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA) from November 2009 to November 2010, President of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufactures' Associations of Japan(FPMAJ) and Chair of Dolder Group from May 2012 to May 2014, President of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Tokyo and Vice President of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufactures Associations of Japan (FPMAJ) from June 2016 to June 2018, respectively.
He was conferred an honorary doctorate of science from UCL (University College of London) in July 2013. He was awarded an honorary CBE in April 1999 and KBE in April 2014 from the United Kingdom.
President of Forum for Social Security Policy
Professor of Graduate School of International University of Health and Welfare
2010 – 2014, Director-General, Office for Social Security Reform, Cabinet Secretariat
2008 – 2010, President, Health Insurance Claims Review & Reimbursement Services
2005 – 2008, Director-General of Social Welfare and War Victims’ Relief Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW)
2002 – 2005, Director-General of Elderly Care Bureau, MHLW
1973 – Ministry of Health and Welfare (1981－1984, posted to social attaché in Sweden, 1987－1989 Director, Hokkaido Prefecture)
January 2012, Launched the Forum for Social Security Policy
April 2012 – Lectured on social security policy at the International University of Health and Welfare
CEO, Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute
Mr. Ryoji Noritake is the CEO, Board Member of Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), a Tokyo-based independent and non-profit health policy think tank established in 2004. He has led health system strengthening projects in the Asia-Pacific region and engaged in US Navy’s medical humanitarian projects. His focus is a multi-sectoral approach for health issues such as public-private partnerships and civil-military coordination. He was a member of Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Policy Discussion Roundtable for Super Ageing Society (2018). He is a graduate of Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management, holds a MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, a member of Salzburg Global Seminar’s Advisory Council and is an Advisory Board Member of Elsevier Atlas.
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and Scientia Professor of Economics at the University of New South Wales
John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics.
Dr Piggott has published widely in retirement and pension economics and finance, and in public economics more generally. He currently serves as book review editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Economics of Aging.
His Australian policy experience includes membership of both the Henry Tax Review Panel and the Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee, as well as interactions of many kinds with a range of Government Departments and National Inquiries.
Internationally, he worked for nearly a decade with the Japanese Government on the economic implications of an ageing population. He has undertaken consultancies and contract research for several foreign governments and international organisations on ageing and retirement issues, including Russia and Indonesia, the OECD, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and UNESCAP. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, China, and from 2008-2010 was Visiting Scholar with the Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
In 2018, he was awarded a Rockefeller Residency to undertake research into ageing and inequality in Asia, and in the same year was appointed co-chair of the G20 Population Ageing Taskforce. In 2019, he was nominated to the Steering Committee for Nikkei-Financial Times International Conference on Super Active Ageing Society.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Born in Osaka, Japan on July 3 in 1955
1980 Graduated from Osaka University Medical School, gained MD
1981~1985 Internship in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
1987 Gained PhD
1989~1991 Research and clinical fellow at Max-Planck Institute in Germany supported by Humboldt Scholarship
1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka University Medical School
1998 Associate Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka University Medical School
2002 Associate Professor, Medical Center for Translational Research in Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
2004 Chief surgeon, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
2006 Professor and Chief, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Director, Medical Center for Translational Research in Osaka University Hospital (~Mar. 2010)
2010 Director, Center for Medical, Engineering and Information in Osaka University (~Mar. 2015)
2013 Vice Dean, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (~Mar. 2015)
Director, Center for Global Health in Osaka University Hospital (~Mar. 2015)
2014 Adviser, CiRA(center for iPS cell Research and Application) Kyoto University
2015 Dean, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (~Mar. 2017)
President, Japanese Society of Regenerative Medicine (~Present)
2016 Congress Chairman, Japanese Surgical Society (~Present)
President, Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan
Professor Atsushi Seike is President of the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan. After serving two consecutive terms as the President of Keio University, he took up the role of Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs in May 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Keio University and became Associate Professor at Keio’s Faculty of Business and Commerce in 1985, Professor in 1992, Dean from 2007-2009, and President from 2009-2017. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, a consultant at the RAND Corporation, and an Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.
His roles in government committees include Chairman of the Council for the Promotion of Social Security System Reform, Chairman of the Manufacturing Industry Committee of the Industrial Structure Council, and Honorary President of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office. He was the President of the Japan Society of Human Resource Management and the President of the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges. He has also served as a member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and Global Agenda Council on Ageing, both at the World Economic Forum and a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.
He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from École Centrale de Nantes in 2012 and Yonsei University in 2015 and the title of Chevalier of the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur of France in 2016.
A labor economist, he has authored many articles and books and received numerous academic prizes for his publications, including the 48th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science in 2005.
President of Sawayaka Well-being Foundation
After graduating from Gakushuin University, Ms. Shimizu joined Mitsubishi Bank, working at a branch office and the International Planning Department. After that, she worked in financial marketing and planning departments at home and abroad as Assistant Vice President at Citibank, N.A. Private Banking Group. In 1991, she went independent as a freelance consultant specializing in new styles of working and living. She has also participated since its founding in the Sawayaka Welfare Promotion Center (now Sawayaka Well-being Foundation) and has held her current position since 2014. Now Ms. Shimizu is focusing on proposing a new social system in Japan’s super-ageing society and creating local communities where everyone can shine brilliantly.
CEO of Smorenber Corporate Consultancy
Harry is a financial services marketing and positioning strategist. He previously worked at Banque Paribas and ABN AMRO and was a director at two leading strategic consultants.
As an independent strategist he is involved in many key projects globally. Next to his consultancy practive and based upon his expertise and global network, Harry initiated three key leading expert-platforms in Europe, Asia and Australia, bringing together international professionals to debate on retail payment developments and solution directions. In 2020 Harry will initiate the Transaction Innovation Forum (TIF) with special focus on key developments in the B2B transaction space. The inaugural TIF will be organized in Tokyo 20-21 May 2020.
Harry is a thought-leader on Pensions and Aging. He has been actively involved in developing solutions in financial planning, international pensions and 'social innovations'. He initiated the WorldPensionSummits and his present focus in on ‘Aging & Finance: redesigning our financial wellbeing’.
His strength is in catalyzing institutions into developing vision and strategies, and in identifying and implementing client-centric solutions. He is a columnist and guest speaker, sits on several advisory boards and regularly publishes in leading international media.
Tan Chorh Chuan
Executive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation, Singapore's Ministry of Health
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan was appointed as the inaugural Chief Health Scientist and concurrently, Executive Director of the new Office for Healthcare Transformation in Singapore’s Ministry of Health with effect from 1 January 2018.
Prof Tan was the Chairman of the Board of the National University Health System. He served as President of the National University of Singapore from 2008 to 2017. He held the positions of NUS Provost, then Senior Deputy President from 2004 to 2008. He was former Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine and served as the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, from 2000 to 2004, in which capacity he was responsible for leading the public health response to the 2003 SARS epidemic. As the inaugural Chief Executive of the National University Health System in 2008, he brought the NUS Medical and Dental Schools and the National University Hospital under single governance.
Prof Tan is a key leader in Singapore's Biomedical Sciences Initiative since its inception in 2000, for which he was awarded the National Science and Technology Medal in 2008. He also received the Public Service Star in 2003 for outstanding contributions to overcoming SARS in Singapore; the Public Administration Gold Medal in 2004 for his work as Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health; and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2015. Other awards include the Dr. John Yu Medal from the George Institute for Global Health, Australia; the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal from the Polish Academy of Medicine; Honorary Doctor of Medicine from King's College; Honorary Doctor of Science from Duke University; Honorary Doctor of Science from Loughborough University; Achievement Medal from the Singapore Society of Nephrology and the 1996 Singapore Youth Award. Prof Tan is the first Singaporean to be elected as an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine.
A renal physician, he obtained his medical training at NUS, and research training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford.
President, Japan Medical Association
Immediate Past President, World Medical Association
Immediate Past President, CMAAO
Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura graduated from the Kurume University School of Medicine in March, 1969, and worked for the surgery department of the University. After that he worked for the surgery department of the Detmold Hospital in West Germany for two years (1977-79). He has been President of the Yokokura Hospital since 1990. He took office as President of the Fukuoka Prefecture Medical Association in 2006. He was elected as President of the Japan Medical Association in April 2012. He also served as Council Member of the World Medical Association (WMA) from 2010 to 2016. He served as President of the WMA (2017-18) and President of the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO, 2017-18).