SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

“Social Innovation in an Aging Population & Diversifying Society

Social Innovation in an Aging Population & Diversifying Society

Date: 10 November 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 10 November 2017Time: 4:55 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Seminar


In Japan, serious problems caused by aging population are emerging.  The government of Japan was formulating "Towards the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan" (starting: 2016). The plan targets the active sustainability as a big target (Concept :Society 5.0). Currently, R & D of industry-academia collaboration towards creation and social implementation of innovation is progressing. The Aging is becoming a major issue in many developed countries.  It is also equally important to cultivate interpersonal skills to effectively work with/for people from all different backgrounds, since we are living in the world of diversity nowadays.   

Young researchers at Ritsumeikan University and Juntendo University are ambitious for problem-solving type research and development for especially an Aging Society. In this plan, we are expecting a discussion for creating a delight future and hope promoting research collaboration and academic interaction between Japan and the UK.

We will hold a UK-Japan Collaboration seminar on the theme of solving problems and social innovation in an aging & diversifying society.

Presented by:   Ritsumeikan (Ritsumeikan University; Programme for Cultivation of Innovation Architect & Ritsumeikan UK Office)

Supported by:   Embassy of Japan in the U.K., SOAS Japan Research Centre, JSPS, JCCI & JSC

Sponsored by:  AY 2016 Private University Research Branding Project(Ritsumeikan)



Keynote Speaker:  Mr Bruno Hannibal-Taylor, Senior Service Designer, Experience Design Lab, Hitachi Europe

First presentation:  “The Concept of Active for All; Smart Sensing Wear Technology” by Dr Yurika Tachibana, Assistant Professor,  Research Organisation of Science and Technology, Ritsumeikan University (joint research with Associate Professor Naruhiro Shiozawa and Professor Tadao Isaka, Ritsumeikan University)

Second presentation:  “Innovation and Social Implementation for Regional Activation” by Mr Shuhei Okabe, Graduate School in Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University (joint research with Associate Professor Masato Nakayama and Professor Tetsuo Yoshimoto, Ritsumeikan University)

Third presentation:  “A new Saudi-Japanese partnership: Social innovation and investment under the 2030 Vision” by Ms Ghadah Alharthi, School of Finance and Management, SOAS, University of London


14:30   Doors open

15:00   Opening address

15:05   Keynote speech (~15:55)

16:00   Presentation 1 – 3 (15 minutes/presentation including a short interval)

16:55   Closing, followed by reception in the room G3, next to DLT Lecture Theatre


This seminar is free but registration is essential. Please register here by 05 November

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