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Shades of Gray: Age-tech reshapes elderly healthcare in Japan

September 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Japan, home to the world’s oldest population, is a laboratory for the development of technologies and policies to address the many medical, economic, and social issues that rapid aging entails. Whether you are in the health care field, an investor, a manufacturer or just an individual interested in aging with dignity, the lessons we learn from age-tech, many of which are being developed in Japan, is directly relevant to all of our futures. Come join us to discuss the problems that Japan faces as it ages and shrinks and what some innovative Japanese companies are doing to address those challenges.

Our expert speakers are John Campbell, Professor Emeritus from University of Michigan, one of the top American experts on policies to address aging in Japan, Joseph Schmidt of Sompo Japan, one of Japan most innovative insurance companies, and Dr. Tae Hyung Kim from DENTCA, which has received funding from Mitsui Chemical and other investors to develop technology to increase efficiency and lower cost of dental care. Please come hear these exciting speakers.


Date : September 10, 2019 | Tuesday

Venue : Werqwise | 149 New Montgomery St 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00 PM / Registration
6:30 – 7:30 PM / Program
7:30 – 8:00 PM / Networking (Gourmet Japanese Dinner and drinks are provided!)





Joseph Schmidt, Vice President, SOMPO Digital Lab, Inc.

Joe is vice president of business development for SOMPO Digital Lab, the innovation group of SOMPO Holdings, a thirty-two billion dollar insurance and healthcare conglomerate based in Tokyo.  Prior to joining SOMPO in 2016, Joe led public relations at enterprise software companies Salesforce and PeopleSoft in Tokyo and the Bay Area. Joe was born and raised in Japan and is fluent in Japanese.





John Campbell, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

John Creighton Campbell was educated at Columbia University and taught at the University of Michigan for 33 years before becoming Emeritus. He works on Japanese politics, organizational decision-making, and in recent years health care and policy for older people in Japan and elsewhere.  His books include Contemporary Japanese Budget Politics, How Policies Change: The Japanese Government and the Aging Society, and, with Naoki Ikegami, The Art of Balance in Health Policy:  Maintaining Japan’s Egalitarian, Low-Cost System. He recently served as a visiting professor or scholar at several universities: Toyo, Tokyo, Yokohama National, Keio, Free University of Berlin, Duisburg-Essen, Singapore, and Hamburg. In 2019 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (Third Class) by the Japanese Government.



Dr. Tae Hyung Kim, Professor, University of Southern California and Chairman of Board, DENTCA

Dr. Tae Kim is a Professor and the Chair of Removable Prosthodontics, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Kim is a recipient of multiple grants, patents and awards in digital removable prostheses, implant research, and biomaterials, and lectures internationally on CAD CAM dentures.  Dr. Kim focuses on digital removable prostheses and education using the latest technologies including 3D printing. He invented the Digital Denture system, called ‘DentCa’ which is owned by Mitsui Chemical Inc.  He has authored lecture series in Removable prosthodontics and Prosthodontics Review Book at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and is also the author of numerous clinical and research articles in CAD CAM Denture and implant dentistry.







Event Space Generously Hosted By:

A big thank you to our official AgeTech program series sponsor!


September 10, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


149 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA
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