April 27, 2007
The First International Innovation Forum 2007, San Mateo, California, USA
Future of the Aging Society: Gray Dawn or Bright Day?
Many developed countries are facing major new challenges due to the aging of their populations. In particular, Japan is now the most rapidly aging country in the world. With more than 21% of its population already over the age of 65, Japan has experienced significant changes in its social security system, consumer products and workforce rules. With the oldest Baby Boomers in the U.S. now past age 60, this country will soon be facing similar challenges.

In this special session, opinion leaders from the US and Japan will explore the challenges and issues raised by the aging of their populations. The panelists will address a number of questions including:
What changes in social systems are needed to respond to the aging of society?
What opportunities for new products and services are created by population aging?
How will these changes affect our consciousness as individuals and as a society?
What new strategies are needed toward our aging society?
How can the U.S. and Japan learn from each other's experiences?
Ryuta Kawashima M.D., Professor, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University (developer of Nintendo's "Brain Age" game)
Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., Director, Age Lab, MIT
Laura Carstensen, Ph.D., Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Richard Adler, Principal, People & Technology; Research Affiliate, Institute for the Future
Hiroyuki Murata, President, The Social Development Research Center & Professor, Global Strategies, Tohoku University
Friday, April 27, 2007 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Marriott San Mateo at San Francisco Airport, Golden Gate Ballroom 1770 South Amphlett Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94022
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