6th TOPOS Conference

2014/06/23 | By IMPACT Japan

6th TOPOS Conference:

The world population has passed 9 billion people, but Japan’s is no more than 100 million. Of that, almost 40% are over 65 years old and only 10% are under 15!, with life expectancies of over 90 years for women and 83 years for men….

This is the scenario that demographic institutions have predicted for Japan in the mid-21st century. With further advances is medical science, some predict that the average lifespan will become even longer.

Aging populations have become a worldwide trend never before seen in the history of mankind. For better or worse, Japan is a frontrunner of this trend, which has led to it being called a “developed issues country” and a “developed problem-solving country.”

Normally, when discussing population aging, one will raise issues that a society is currently facing or will face in the near future. This is known as “Aging 2.0”, a phase when many issues are pressing and solutions are urgently required.

However, we must contemplate future issues and prepare for them before they come to a head. No matter how advanced the issues are, if we begin discussing solutions only after the issue has become a reality, the solutions will be hasty, last-minute affairs, and eventually Japan will no longer be able to maintain it’s precarious toe-hold as a developed problem-solving country. Besides, too much talk of the risks of long life can get rather maudlin.

At the 6th Topos Conference, we will discuss “Aging 3.0”. It is only a matter of time until everyone is able to enjoy a long and full life as a matter of course. Furthermore, with the blazing speed of technological advances in medicine, human enhancement, and robotics, the ability to halve the effective age of our physical bodies and live to be 100, 150, or even 200 years old will cease to be just a dream. Aging 3.0 will seek to set new prerequisites for super-aged societies (or, to phrase it another way, low birth-rate societies) by thinking two or three steps ahead.

At the very least, we must think on the “new normal” of the near future, when the concept and measurement of youth changes, lifestyles and workstyles become non-linear, the elderly receive mentoring and re-education from the young, and the existing economic and social systems become discordant with reality.

For this purpose, we have invited a diverse interdisciplinary panel of speakers to discuss Aging 3.0: a medical professional who is taking a novel approach to current aging issues; an authority on traditional Japanese kyogen theater who will speak about the meaning of “body knowledge”; an ethicist who will discuss the merits and demerits of long life; from overseas, a researcher who will explain how to extend lifespan and reduce physical age through science and technology; a practical scientist who will share design thoughts on the lifestyle and workstyle of a super-aged society; and a promoter of aged societies for the 21st century.


13:00 – 13:20 Prologue
13:20 – 13:40 Keynote Speech: Mansaku Nomura
13:40 – 15:10 Dialogue Session 1
Relationship between Age and Wisdom
15:10 – 16:30 Dialogue Session 2
Wisdom in a Super-aged Society
16:30 – 16:45 Intermission
16:45 – 18:00 Dialogue Session 3
What is a Wisdom Ecosystem?
18:00 – 18:30 Overview: Ikujiro Nonaka
18:30 – 20:30 Networking Session

Speakers and Coordinators*

Mansaku Nomura Kyogen performer, Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan(Living National Treasure)
Takeshi Yoro, MD Anatomist, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
John D. Halamka, MD, MS Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, co-Chair of the national HIT Standards, Emergency Physician
Natasha Vita-More, PhD Professor, University of Advancing Technology, Chairman, Humanity+, Fellow, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
Gretchen Addi Associate Partner, IDEO
Shinsuke Muto, MD Chairman, Tetsuyu Institute Medical Corporation, Chairman, Leading Aging Society Forum, MD, Cardiovascular specialist
Jérôme Arnaud President, Silver Valley in Ile-de-France, Chief Executive Officer, Doro AB
Yusuke Nagato Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Special Researcher, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Sayaka Tsuzuki Newscaster
Noboru Kon’no, PhD Professor, Tama Graduate School of Management[ TOPOS Conference founder ]
Ikujiro Nonaka, PhD Emeritus Professor, Hitotsubashi University[ TOPOS Conference founder ]

*Program and speakers may be subject to change.

For inquiries, please contact:

Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute
7th Fl. New Pier Takeshiba South Tower, 1-16-1 Kaigan,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022 Japan
* Email: / TEL: +81.(0)3.5401.8392

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


1:00-8:30 PM
(Doors open 12:20 PM)


Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49th Floor
Academy Hills Tower Hall


¥20,000 (tax incl.)


Japanese, English (simultaneous translation)


World Wise Web Initiative (w3i)


TKC Corporation
Japan Tobacco Inc.
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.

Under the auspice of

Fujitsu Research Institute Ltd (FRI)

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