Ageing Society Management: The Lesson Learnt from Japan

Main Article Content

Damrongsak Junthothai


This article aims to explore Japan’s theoretical approach and practical approach to Ageing Society Management, as she has long been experienced in this matter, in order to apply this understanding in Thai society, as well as in the ASEAN which will be fully Aged Society in the near future. By conducting field research in both rural and urban areas in Hokkaido Island; Tokyo Metropolitan Region; and Okinawa Prefecture, with qualitative data gathered from academics, government sectors and elderly people, This research found out that Japan’s emphasis in encouraging an Active and Quality Ageing program mitigates the socio-economics challenges and consequences. It’s clear that the pension fund and health care insurance scheme together with community initiative arrangement projects which focusing on an Age-Friendly Community, and the Local Government supportive measure equipped with elderly participation in an appropriate way, is the main contributor to this approach while her discipline toward ageing society management becomes more integrated. Gerontology is one of those factors that becomes more attractive and applicable. Such a valuable and fruitful program, can be learnt and applied in Thailand.


Article Details

How to Cite
Junthothai, D. . . (2020). Ageing Society Management: The Lesson Learnt from Japan. Dusit Thani College Journal, 12(3), 55–70. Retrieved from
Research Article


1. Green, Bryan S. 1993. Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age: A Study in Discourse Analysis, New York Walter de Gruyter, Inc.
2. Kenyon, Gary;Bohlmeijer, Ernst; and Randall, William L. (Eds.)., 2011. Storying Later Life: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions in Narrative. New York: Oxford University
Press, Inc.
3. Kitanakagusuku City 2015, Program for 2015 (monograph) Midgley, James; Tracy, Martin B.; Livermore, Michelle (eds.). 2000 The Handbook of Social policy California :
Sage Publication Inc.
4. Social Insurance Agency (2004). Outline of Social Insurance in Japan 2003. Tokyo: Japan International Social Security Association.
5. Foundation of Thai Gerontology Research and Development Institute (TGRI), 2013. Situation of the Thai Elderly 2013, Bangkok: Amarin Printing & Publishing Public Company Limited.
6. Tokyo Metropolitan Government 2015. Creating The Future The Long-Term Vision For Tokyo, Citizen’ Consultation Section, Public Relations and Public Hearing Division Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs, TMG. Tokyo: Sanshodo Co., Ltd.
7. Inada, K. A Buddhist response to the nature of human rights. Journal of Buddhist
Ethics[Online]. 1995. Available from: [1995, June 21]
8. Leibfried, Stephan and Mau, Steffen (eds.), Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction Volume I Analytical Approaches. ISBN 978 1 84720 080 8 (3 volume set) [Online]. 2008. Available from:
smau/Welfare_States4.pdf, [2015, June 24]
9. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Abridged Life Tables, [Online]. 2014. [2015. January 13]
10. Nobuyoshi Hirose, Ph.D., Geritrician, School of Medicine, Keio University. [Online]. 2013. Available from:, [2015, February 2]
11. Ogawa, Naohiro and Matsukura, Rikiya, 2001. Aging In Japan: The Health and Wealth of Older Persons. [Online]. 2001. Avalable from: Proceedings_EGM_Mex_2005/ogawa.pdf, [2015, March15]
12. Suzuki, Makoto; Willcox D. Craig; Rosenbaum, Matthew W.; and Willcox1, Bradley J.,
Oxidative Stress and Longevity in Okinawa: An Investigation of Blood Lipid Peroxidation and Tocopherol in Okinawan Centenarians, Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, Volume 2010, Article ID 380460, 10 pages doi:10.1155/2010/380460 . [Online]. Available from:, [2015, March 25]
13. Tsutsui,Takako; Muramatsu,Naoko; and Higashino, Sadanori, Changes in Perceived Filial Obligation Morms Among Coresident Family Caregivers in Japan, The Gerontologist, Vol. 54, No. 5 [Online] 2014. Available from: [2015, June 3
14. United Nations, 2009. World Population Ageing 2009, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, [Online]. 2009. Available from: WPA2009/WPA2009_WorkingPaper.pdf, [2015, May 25]
15. WHO, 2007. Global age-friendly cities : a guide, World Health Organization, [Online]. 2007. Available from:
age_friendly_cities_Guide_English.pdf, [2015, April 30]
16. World Watch Institute, 2009. 10 Forecasts for 2010-2025, [Online]. Available from:, [2010, June 24]