Since 2006, the Student Club of Japan at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan) has successfully organized an annual Japan Trip – a one-week study tour that provides the unique opportunity for between 10 and 20 students enrolled at Harvard Chan to learn about the Japanese public health system and to be introduced to Japanese culture.
The focus of the 2016 trip is “Meeting the challenges of an aging society” in which we will learn from Japanese policymakers, opinion leaders, and practitioners about how the country is effectively dealing with the reality of a society with the most rapid rate of population aging in the world.
Populations aging is a global challenge. Many countries, including emerging economies, will increasingly need to adjust their economies and their public health strategies to address the needs of their aging populations. Therefore, the Japan Trip constitutes a valuable opportunity for the Harvard Chan students – many of whom will become future national and international public health leaders – to learn from the Japanese experience and to see firsthand how Japanese institutions and service providers are tackling the challenges arising from an increasingly elderly population.