Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Japan Tran Ngoc Phuc (Source: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – Japan’s Asia Health and Human Well-Being Initiative regards Vietnam as a country with great potential for cooperation with Japan in terms of health care, said Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Japan Tran Ngoc Phuc.

“This is a basis for setting up a Vietnam committee on the initiative, Phuc said at a seminar on the initative in Tokyo on March 7.

He also highlighted the role played by Vietnamese expats in Japan in implementing the Initiative, expressing his belief that the association will play an active role in giving consultations related to health care collaboration between Vietnam and Japan.

Hosted by the Japanese Government, the seminar discussed ways to boost bilateral and regional cooperation in projects and business activities to deal with challenges related aging-population in Asia.

It also focused on how to achieve sustainable development goals set by the United Health Care (UHC) programme.

According to the Headquarters of Health care Policy under the Japanese Government, the initiative aims to build a healthy and dynamic society where people have effective life and good health, thus contributing to promoting economic growth.

Koji Fujimoto from the Headquarters of Healthcare Policy said the initiative targets future collaboration between Japan and other Asian countries, including Vietnam, in issues related to health care for the elderly.

Participants to the meeting shared experience in health care for the elderly in Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Originally started in May 2016 under the Headquarters for Health Policy, the initiative aims to support Asian aging societies by providing Japanese knowledge and expertise on nursing care and social welfare systems.

It also creates links between governments, enterprises, and associations to develop new business opportunities.

Japan’s health care services providers for the elderly are interested in expanding their activities in Vietnam to meet the increasing demand in the market which is at the forefront of super-aging society.-VNA