China-Japan Symposium on Pension and Healthcare Industry & Policy Held by the School of Social Sciences

On May 30-31, 2015, “China-Japan Symposium on Retirement and Healthcare Industry & Policy” was held in the Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor of Main Building, Tsinghua University, by Research Center for Japanese Studies and Research Center for Gerontology, the School of Social Sciences. All participants had in-depth exchange of views on current China’s pension system and pension regulations; Japanese participants introduced the concept of “retirement” in Japan, their pension model, and government experience; they also had heated discussions on the current situation of pension system and the trend of the development of pension industry in China. The symposium was successfully held and well received by all participants.

Xie Weihe, vice president of Tsinghua University, Masato Kitera, Japan’s ambassador to China, Yoshikawa Takeji, director of the Centre for Japanese Cultural Studies of Japanese Foundation for International Communication, Shinji Fukukawa, counselor of Japanese Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute, Li Qiang, dean of the School of Social Sciences attended the symposium. Meanwhile, there were over 30 research institutions, 70 enterprises, and 50 academic institutions and universities, including National Working Commission on aging, Centre for Policy Studies of Ministry of Civil Affairs, China Research Center on Aging, Department of Gerontology of Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health, Chinese companies of Japan International Cooperation Agency, World Health Organization China Representative Office, Medical School of Peking University, School of Nursing of Peking University, Japanese KPMG Healthcare & Life Sciences Institute, Nomura Research Institute, Tokyo Council of Social Welfare, Japanese TPS company, and so on. Nearly 200 people attended the meeting of specialized and high level interactions of industry, politics, education, and research.

During the symposium, Xie Weihe, vice president of Tsinghua University, and Qu Delin, the director of Research Center for Japanese Studies, Tsinghua University, gave detailed introduction to the symposium’s theme, the research objects, and the gravity of the situation of China’s pension industry. Qu Delin said: “China and Japan share similarities in Asian values and cultural roots on the issue of welfare provision for the aged. Japan has developed and implemented many beneficial policies in pension and health care industries that are worth learning for us. So in that sense, this symposium provides a great platform to bring the researchers together to exchange views and learn from each other.”

China has entered the aging society since 2000. By 2020, China’s aging population will reach about 17% of the total population. Given its rapid growth, China’s pension system will face tremendous pressures. Therefore, it is imperative that the government should take effective measures and develop a safe and sound pension system.

During the symposium, participants on both sides have made in-depth communication on current policies and regulations of aging issues, discussed development trends and research achievements in pension and health care industries, and learned experiences and business models of operating and managing Japanese institutions for the aged, which have a positive impact on the cooperation of government, enterprises and research institutions in the health care industry.