Governing Structure

Governing Bodies

Center for Wellbeing Research, Keio University

The Center for Wellbeing Research at Keio University aims at continuously improving public services and achieving well-being of individuals by integrating life sciences, information and manufacturing; organically combining findings across research fields; accelerating technological innovation and social implementation; building mechanisms to generate new sectors/industries in communities; and constructing and leveraging an integrated social security database that constitutes the basis of various activities. The center is located at Tonomachi Campus Town in Kawasaki City.

Health and Global Policy Institute

Established in 2004, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan health policy think tank that works to realize citizen-centric health policies. HGPI is one of Japan’s leading health policy think tanks and was ranked third worldwide in Domestic Health Affairs in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. HGPI operates globally in areas such as research, generating policy recommendations, and organizing conferences.

Dementia Friendship Club

The Dementia Friendship Club (DFC) is a non-profit network organization that works to build dementia-friendly communities. It has branches at 21 locations across Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Collaborating with parties like municipalities, businesses, and community associations, the DFC promotes activities to build communities where people can maintain their ways of living even if they develop dementia.


issue+design is a non-profit organization and is a team of designers working together to resolve a wide variety of issues related to topics like healthcare, welfare, childrearing, education, disaster control, town planning, and population decline that exist in communities or Japanese society at large. With its slogan of “Applying the creativity of individuals to the issues of society,” issue+design works on a number of co-creation projects with community members, people affected by disasters, healthcare beneficiaries, and others affected by the issues they aim to resolve.

Members of the Governing Board

Yusuke Kakei
Shunichiro Kurita
Health and Global Policy Institute
Ryuta Kosuge
Shinpei Saruwatari
Medical Corporation Seikouen Shirakawa Hospital
Takehito Tokuda
Dementia Friendship Club (NPO)
Ryoji Noritake
Health and Global Policy Institute
Satoko Hotta (Representative)
Graduate School of Health Management, Keio University

Partner Corporations

Partner Municipalities

Designing for Dementia Supporters

Hiroko Akiyama
Project Professor, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo
Kenji Arisawa
Executive Director, Japan Pharmaceutical Association (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Katsuya Iijima
Vice Director and Executive Committee Professor, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo
Junya Ishimoto
Chairman, Japan Association of Certified Care Workers (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Ko Ishiyama
Representative Director and President, ExaWizards Inc.
Masaharu Ito
Chairman, The National Association for Visiting Nurse Service
Takashi Iba
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Takeshi Iwatsubo
Professor, Department of Neuropathology, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo
Naoki Uchida
Director, Taro Clinic, Suzuran (Medical Corporation)
Shinichi Oshima
President Emeritus, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Hidetaka Ota
Professor and Director, Advanced Research Center for Geriatric and Gerontology, Akita University
Makoto Okada
Co-founder, Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative
Kohei Onozaki
Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute
Tadasuke Kato
Representative Director, Aoi Care Company Ltd.; Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Keio University
Mitsunobu Kano
Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health Systems, Okayama University
Junko Kitanaka
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Keio University
Shigeki Kuzuhara
Dean, Graduate School of Health Science; Specially Appointed Professor, Department and Faculty of Nursing, Suzuka University of Medical Science
Kohei Komamura
Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University
Katsunori Kondo
Professor, Department of Social Preventive Medical Sciences, Center for Preventive Medical Science, Chiba University; Director, Gerontological Evaluation Unit, Centre for Gerontology and Social Science, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Jun Sasaki
President and Medical Director, Yushoukai (Incorporated Medical Association)
Mitsuhiro Sado
Associate Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine, Keio University
Masahiko Sato
Vice-Chair, Japanese Dementia Working Group (General Incorporated Association)
Shinobu Shiikawa
Chairman, Japan Center for Regional Development (General Incorporated Foundation)
Masahiro Shigeta
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Jikei University
Keiko Shimizu
President, Sawayaka Welfare Foundation (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Yoichi Takebayashi
Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University
Toru Takebayashi
Dean, Graduate School of Health Management; Professor, School of Medicine, Keio University
Shigeru Tanaka
Chairman, Saitama Prefectural University (Public University Corporation)
Yukiko Tanaka
Chairman, Taiseikai (Medical corporation); Kyujinkai (Social Welfare Service Corporation)
Ryozo Nagai
President, Jichi Medical University
Tetsuyuki Nakata
Organizer, Mirai no Kai
Yoshiki Niimi
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology & Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University
Kazuhiro Nozawa
Editorial Writer, Mainichi Shimbun
Katsunori Hara
Chairman of the Board, All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Kazuto Handa
President, Japanese Physical Therapy Association (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Kentaro Higashi
Chairman, Japan Association of Geriatric Health Services Facilities (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Naomi Higuchi
Person living with Lewy body dementia; Writer
Yoshinori Hiroi
Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University
Kenro Hori
President, Japan Dental Association (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Miwako Honda
Director, General Medicine, National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center
Takayuki Maeda
Chief Director, Machida City Connecting Living with Dementia Association (NPO)
Takashi Maeno
Dean and Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management; Director, Wellbeing Research Center, Keio University
Ayako Matsumoto
Machida Secretariat, Dementia Friendship Club
Kichiro Matsumoto
President, Japan Medical Association (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Hidehiro Mizusawa
President, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (National Research and Development Agency)
Masaru Mimura
Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine, Keio University
Wataru Miyajima
Chair, All Japan Multifunctional Long-term Care in a Small Group Home Liaison Association
Hiroaki Miyata
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Medicine, Keio University
Shinsuke Muto
Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute
Masato Yasui
Professor, Department of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Keio University
Tatsuya Wakano
Representative Director, SPS Lab; Early-onset Dementia Support Center Kizunaya (General Incorporated Association)
Yukio Wada
Director and General Manager, Daiki Angel Help Inc.; Restaurant of Order Mistakes (General Incorporated Association)

(Names in Japanese alphabetical order; titles omitted. List is current as of November 18th, 2018)


Shuichi Awata
Research Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute
Morio Suzuki
Managing Director, Alzheimer's Association Japan (Public Interest Incorporated Association)
Tomofumi Tanno
Executive Committee Representative, Orange Door
Kunio Nitta
Chairman, Japan Hosme Health Care Alliance

(Names in Japanese alphabetical order; titles omitted.)


Jeremy Hughes
Former Vice Chair, World Dementia Council /
Former Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society (U.K.) /
Former Chair, Dementia Action Alliance (U.K.)

(Titles omitted.)