Health Minister on Tokyo trip to learn about Japan's solutions to ageing population

SINGAPORE - Minister for Health and Minister-in-charge of Ageing Issues, Mr Gan Kim Yong, will be leading a delegation of officials to Japan from September 17 to 20 to study how Japan is addressing the healthcare and ageing needs of its population.

The Ministry hopes to learn from Japan's experiences in developing its aged care sector and in health promotion, as well as policies pertaining to the financing of long-term care.

During his visit, Minister Gan will visit a range of healthcare facilities as well as long-term care providers which offer both health and social care for seniors.

He will also visit the Kashiwa-no-Ha Smart City Project, which aims to develop a city of health and longevity. Minister Gan will also call on Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mr Norihisa Tamura on September 17.

This will be Mr Gan's first trip to Japan in his capacity as the Minister for Health. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and other government agencies.

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