Healthy & Active Aging in Asia


For more than a decade, JCIE has been a leader in policy research and dialogue in the health sector through its Global Health and Human Security Program. As an extension of this, we began looking at the critical impact of aging on Japanese and other societies. Rapid population aging is one of the key challenges faced not only by Japan but by an increasing number of ASEAN and East Asian countries. Countries are at different stages in the demographic shift, Japan being the most advanced, but others like the Korea, China, and Thailand are not far behind. And as life expectancy improves in the coming decades, many more countries will also be joining the ranks of aging societies, placing strains on health systems and having a significant mid- to long-term impact on the region’s economies.

In 2017, we launched a new program on Healthy and Active Aging in Asia, to be carried out in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and in close consultation with the government of Japan’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). The program promotes bilateral and regional cooperation on aging in Asia by disseminating information on trends, policies, and best practices; deepening international networks among aging experts; and educating leaders on effective responses to the shared challenges and opportunities that aging populations present.


AHWIN Website Development and Management

Dialogues on Healthy Aging in Asia (see news below)

Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation

JCIE created and manages the AHWIN website, which offers data and resources on aging
New award for innovative approaches to aging in Asia


Winners of 1st Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation Announced

July 31, 2020 | Online

The winners of the inaugural Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation were presented in a Livestream event hosted by JCIE and ERIA.

Webinar | Responding to the Needs of Older People During the COVID-19 Pandemic—Sharing Lessons Learned

May 28, 2020 | Online

This webinar shared lessons from the United States on how the epidemic has impacted older persons, particularly those in long-term care facilities and offered a platform to share observations on the U…

New Award Launched for Asian Innovations in Aging

January 8, 2020 | Asia

JCIE, together with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, launched a new award program to recognize innovative approaches in Asia to the various challenges facing aging populations…

AHWIN Forum | Achieving Healthy Aging in Asia—Envisioning Better Care for Older Adults

October 17, 2019 | Tokyo

Capitalizing on this year’s gathering in Japan of health ministers and government officials for the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, JCIE worked with the Government of Japan and ERIA to co-organize the…

Accelerating Responses to Challenges through Innovation | A Multistakeholder Approach to Healthy and Active Aging

November 27, 2018 | Bangkok

At this side event co-organized by JCIE, groundbreaking innovations and community-based approaches from Japan and Thailand were introduced as a way to promote discussion on healthy and active aging. T…

Investing in Healthy and Active Aging for Sustainable Growth—A Regional Approach to Promoting Innovative Long-Term Care

August 15, 2017 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

JCIE was among the co-organizers of a multistakeholder forum to address the challenges facing Asia Pacific due to aging populations. The forum drew over 260 people from 27 economies in the region, rep…