What I’ve been thinking lately after researching and talking about ASEAN
I am currently reading material on ASEAN in a specific field for an assignment in a lecture on case studies of business in emerging countries at university.
At the same time, I had a chance to hear directly from local people and those who know about the mutual aid in the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, and other countries in this Covid-19 disaster, and thought about what Japan has lost with its economic growth.
Japan has many years of experience in developing formal services such as social security systems, professional elderly care services, and NCD countermeasures. But on the other hand, it can be said that the function of local mutual-aid systems has declined in the midst of economic growth.
The ASEAN countries have various examples of such regional roles, and there are many lessons for Japan to learn from them. It is important that international cooperation in the field of aging-related measures does not involve unilateral technology transfer, but rather an attitude of learning together with the Japanese side.
(Source: Report of the Study Group on Japan’s Contribution to International Active Aging, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
I remember that when I was a child, there were strong regional and family ties, probably similar to those in ASEAN countries today (although we cannot really talk about them all in one word).
I was helped by such connections, but I also felt constrained and left my hometown.
In terms of worrying about retirement, according to a Jetro survey, among the ASEAN countries, less than 30% of respondents in Singapore are worried about retirement, while the rest of the countries are almost all optimistic. I feel like I can handle it. In Japan, I feel that the pessimistic image is slowly seeping into the news that the ice age generation like me will become poor old people.
I’m still in the process of preparing for the event, but I’m hoping that Nakano Secret Base will give me some hints to help me cope with this situation. After researching ASEAN this time, I realized that while it’s important to look into Japanese cases, it’s also important to refer to cases from other countries.
Memo for the assignment.