Swissnex in Japan is thrilled to share the success of our recent event, the "Swiss-Japan Aging Forum on Health, Loneliness, and Poverty," which took place on April 19th, 2023. We were honored to welcome two esteemed sabbaticals from Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Ms. Flurina Meier Schwarzer and Ms. Christina Erös, who shared their invaluable insights and experiences. They shared the current situation of elderly people in Switzerland and their research achievements in tackling the situation they are facing. In addition, we had the pleasure of hosting three distinguished Japanese experts: Dr. Jun Sasaki from Yushoukai Medical Corporation, Prof. Keiko Katagiri, Head of Advanced Research Center for Well-being and professor at Kobe University, and Prof. Yusuke Hatamoto from Doshisha University. These experts provided a wealth of knowledge from both Swiss and Japanese perspectives, with a focus on both research and practical applications. We received lively and engaging questions from the audience, which allowed us to delve deeper into the issues surrounding an aging population. I hope this event provided a platform for us to further contemplate the common challenges faced by both Switzerland and Japan.
Flurina Meier SchwarzerDeputy Head of Health Services Research, Zurich University of Applied Sciences School of Management and Law
Meier has been a Scientific collaborator and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Management and Law since 2021 and Deputy Head of Health Services Research. Her research focus is elderly care, financing long-term care, and its systematic review. During her stay, she focuses on the difference between the use of ambulatory care and home care in Switzerland and Japan.
Christina ErösCustomer Relationship Manager, Zurich University of Applied Sciences School of Social Work
Erös visited Japan on behalf of the School of Social Work. Her objective was to explore methods for supporting the physical and mental health of the elderly in Japan and methods for supporting them through society as a whole, as well as solutions to various challenges using cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and robots.
Keiko KatagiriProfessor, Head of the Research Center, Advanced Research Center for Well-being Kobe University
Katagiri conducts interdisciplinary research with a focus on the psychology of society, particularly the active participation of elderly people, human relationships, and communication in the super-aging society. She also serves as the director of the newly established Advanced Research Center for Well-being at Kobe University.
Jun SasakiCEO/Chairman, Yushoukai Medical Corporation
Sasaki is CEO of Yushoukai Medical Corp, the largest group of home care clinics (21 clinics, 84 doctors, 7500 home care patients) in Japan．
Due to his achievement, he received various prizes including Global Ageing Influencer in 2018, 4th & 5th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards in 2016 and 2017 (best home care provider), and the winner of the Forbes Wellness Award in 2016.
Yusuke HatamotoProfessor, Doshisha University Faculty of Policy Studies
Hatamoto has been studying social security and social welfare issues from a sociological perspective for many years. He also serves as a member of the Kyoto Prefectural Employment Support Center and has a deep understanding of both practical and research aspects.
"I am very grateful for creating opportunities for exchange between Japan and Switzerland. It has become a good opportunity to think about the issue of aging, which must be considered beyond national borders." - Yusuke Hatamoto, Doshisha University
“A meaningful exchange of views between Japanese and Swiss experts on the shared challenges of super-aging, loneliness, isolation and poverty among the elderly.
It was a learning opportunity.” - Jun Sasaki, CEO/Chairman, Yushoukai Medical Corporation
“Deep insights into the challenges posed by rapidly aging populi and on the two countries' home care strategies.” - Simon Psenner, Commercial Officer, Kansai Region, Austrian Embassy Commercial Section