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Japan-UK Dementia Symposium 2015

On the 10th of November, 2015, the Embassy of Japan in the UK and King’s College London co-hosted a Japan-UK Dementia Symposium 2015, with the generous support of Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Both Japan and the UK are facing the growing challenges posed by dementia. An estimated 4.62 million people in Japan were living with dementia in 2012, equivalent to.10% of the world population with this condition. Some 850,000 are estimated to be living with dementia in the UK and these numbers will increase in the next decades in the context of continuing population ageing worldwide. Currently, 46.8 million people are estimated to be living with dementia globally, and this figure is projected to reach 74.7 million by 2030 – making dementia one of the greatest social policy and public health challenges.


This symposium focused on comparisons between Japan and the UK regarding governmental policies, best practices of dementia care, the potential role of Big Data and the latest research into technology and diagnosis.

More than one hundred participants attended the event, including representatives from NHS, universities, charities, carers and students. A great deal of congruence between Japan and the UK was explored and celebrated at the Symposium including community initiatives and resources to raise awareness and increase understanding of dementia as well as supporting and empowering people living with dementia and their carers. This Symposium
indicated that the UK and Japan have a significant role to play in the global response to the challenge of dementia. It also highlighted the importance of further collaboration between the two nations in this field. Next year, Japan will host a G7 dementia summit, making this Symposium a very opportune occasion.

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