The British Council hosted the study tour to Japan in April 2015, inviting the delegation consisted of 16 UK arts professionals from arts, research and funding bodies, whose expertise lay in working with older people through the arts. The week-long programme included meetings with representatives of arts, research, and business sectors in Japan, with the aim of gaining an understanding of Japan's approach to an ageing society and discussing possibilities for future collaborations. Alongside the programme of visits and meetings, the British Council curated several interactive sessions, which a total of 200 key Japanese arts organisations, policy makers, and business leaders joined to share practices with their UK counterparts and explore future partnership opportunities.

Programme Overview

Date: 13-17 April 2015
Organised by the British Council
Supported by the Baring Foundation / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Dialogue Session “Working Together for a Dementia Friendly Society”
: 14.00-16.30 Wednesday 15 April 2015
Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Co-organised by the Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative

Future Session “Arts for Ageing Society”
: 13.30-17.00 Thursday 16 April 2015
Venue: National Art Center, Tokyo