The world population has passed 9 billion people, but Japan’s is no more than 100 million. Of that, almost 40% are over 65 years old and only 10% are under 15!, with life expectancies of over 90 years for women and 83 years for men....
This is the scenario that demographic institutions have predicted for Japan in the mid-21st century. With further advances is medical science, some predict that the average lifespan will become even longer.
Aging populations have become a worldwide trend never before seen in the history of mankind. For better or worse, Japan is a frontrunner of this trend, which has led to it being called a “developed issues country” and a “developed problem-solving country.”
Normally, when discussing population aging, one will raise issues that a society is currently facing or will face in the near future. This is known as “Aging 2.0”, a phase when many issues are pressing and solutions are urgently required.
However, we must contemplate future issues and prepare for them before they come to a head. No matter how advanced the issues are, if we begin discussing solutions only after the issue has become a reality, the solutions will be hasty, last-minute affairs, and eventually Japan will no longer be able to maintain it’s precarious toe-hold as a developed problem-solving country. Besides, too much talk of the risks of long life can get rather maudlin.
At the 6th Topos Conference, we will discuss “Aging 3.0”. It is only a matter of time until everyone is able to enjoy a long and full life as a matter of course. Furthermore, with the blazing speed of technological advances in medicine, human enhancement, and robotics, the ability to halve the effective age of our physical bodies and live to be 100, 150, or even 200 years old will cease to be just a dream. Aging 3.0 will seek to set new prerequisites for super-aged societies (or, to phrase it another way, low birth-rate societies) by thinking two or three steps ahead. At the very least, we must think on the “new normal” of the near future, when the concept and measurement of youth changes, lifestyles and workstyles become non-linear, the elderly receive mentoring and re-education from the young, and the existing economic and social systems become discordant with reality.
For this purpose, we have invited a diverse interdisciplinary panel of speakers to discuss Aging 3.0: a medical professional who is taking a novel approach to current aging issues; an authority on traditional Japanese kyogen theater who will speak about the meaning of “body knowledge”; an ethicist who will discuss the merits and demerits of long life; from overseas, a researcher who will explain how to extend lifespan and reduce physical age through science and technology; a practical scientist who will share design thoughts on the lifestyle and workstyle of a super-aged society; and a promoter of aged societies for the 21st century.
The 6th Topos Conference has ended successfully. Thank you for your attendance.
|Date and Time
||Thursday, July 3, 2014; 13:00-20:30 (Doors open: 12:20)|
|Venue||Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49th floor, Academy Hills’ Tower Hall
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato ward, Tokyo [Map] Phone: 03-6406-6649
World Wise Web Initiative (w3i)
Sponsors: TKC Group, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company, KOZO KEIKAKU ENGINEERING Inc.
Support: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, FRI, The Embassy of France in Japan (La France au Japon), Institut francais du Japon
|Admission||¥20,000 (tax incl.)|
|Languages||Japanese, English (simultaneous interpretation)|
*Programme subject to change
|13:20-13:40||Keynote Speech: Mansaku Nomura|
|13:40-15:10||Dialogue Session 1
Relationship between Age and Wisdom
|15:10-16:30||Dialogue Session 2
Wisdom in a Super-aged Society
|16:45-18:00||Dialogue Session 3
What is a Wisdom Ecosystem?
|18:00-18:30||Overview: Ikujiro Nonaka|
*Speakers subject to change
Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan
(Living National Treasure)
|Takeshi Yoro, MD||
Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo
|John D. Halamka, MD, MS||
Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center co-Chair of the national HIT Standards, Emergency Physician
|Natasha Vita-More, PhD||
Fellow, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
|Shinsuke Muto, MD||
Chairman, Leading Aging Society Forum
MD, Cardiovascular specialist
Chief Executive Officer, Doro AB
Special Researcher, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Professor, Digital Hollywood University
|Noboru Kon’no, PhD||
[ TOPOS Conference founder ]
|Ikujiro Nonaka, PhD||
[ TOPOS Conference founder ]
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