Japan-China joint project in Okinawa aims at advancing caregiving for elderly in China

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

The China Aging Development Foundation (CADF), which supports care for the elderly in China, and the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Trade (JAPIT) are collaborating to hasten establishment of an Okinawa International Advanced Caregiving Technology Center in Nanjo City, with a goal of spreading caregiving technology to China. The two organizations made this news public on April 12, making use of Okinawa’s status as a national strategic special zone. Trainees from China will come to the Center in Okinawa to learn about Japan’s caregiving technology, and there is a plan to establish training centers in about 300 towns and cities around China in an attempt to spread this technology throughout China.

A 4,300 square-meter site in Maegawa, Nanjo City is the planned site for the establishment and of rehabilitation facilities, training facilities and home-visiting caregiving services. A special purpose company started up in June last year, and it purchased the plot of land in Nanjo City in March this year. Back in June the two organizations concluded the basic plan for the Center, upon which they will model the centers within China.

Officials of the JAPIT selected Okinawa as the site for the Center due to its central location within Asia and its status as a national strategic special zone. The JAPIT and CADF announced their plan at a joint gathering on April 12.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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