In May 2021, GCOA and the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) hosted a private roundtable of Japanese and global experts and decision makers to examine the connection between innovation for healthy aging and economic growth in super-aging Japan and other rapidly aging societies across the OECD. The roundtable and subsequent report, released in October 2021 in both English and Japanese, concluded that spending on health innovation must be treated as an investment for the fiscal health of the Japan and similarly aging countries. The expert discussion identified incentives to spur health innovation and support economic growth, which are outlined in the report, Incentivizing Innovation for Healthy Ageing and Economic Growth in Super-Ageing Japan.
The roundtable and report connect to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, the UN and World Health Organization Decade of Healthy Ageing, and the OECD promotion of lifelong social participation as a 21stcentury path to achieve healthier and fiscally sound societies. Such sentiments were powerfully echoed during the roundtable and reflected in the report.