CEBU  CHOSEN  AS  RETIREMENT  VILLAGE  SITE

MANILA, OCTOBER 30, 2007
(MALAYA) A group of businessmen and doctors from Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan recently visited Cebu to study a possibility of a joint venture with a local hospital in setting up a retirement village.

The businessmen, coming from Konoike Group, are composed of Minoru Amano Executive Director And General Manager Of Health Service Management Consultant, H. Iwahashi Manager of Konoike Transport Co. Ltd., Dr. Yoshimichi Abe Deputy Director of Nagaminosoto Hospital, Tomoyasu Imananishi Director of Kansaitemonokanri Service Co. Ltd., Dr. Horishi Akaki Director and Superintendent of Nagominosato Hospital, and Kotaro Miki Secretary General of the Shinsei-Juzenkai Medical Corporation.

The group visited the facilities of the Cebu Doctorsí Hospital, particularly the South General Hospital in the town of Naga, Cebu. Cebu Doctorsí Hospital is one of Cebuís biggest hospitals.

Prior to the Cebu visit by the Japanese businessmen, a group of businessmen and doctors from Cebu visited their Japanese counterpartís facilities in Japan. The Philippine Investment and Trade Center in Tokyo Japan (PTIC) coordinated both visits, which had been very active in promoting the Philippines as a site for Japanese retirees. Commercial counsellors and staff from the Department Of Trade And Industry (DTI) man the PTIC.

"The Philippines should seize the opportunity that we can provide the human and geographical resources to meet the ageing population of Japan. If we are not able to take this opportunity, other countries will take it," said DTI Sr. Usec. Thomas Aquino.

Japanís population is ageing very fast. Its population peaked in 2005 at 127.8 million, and is forecasted to decline by 30 percent to 89.9 million in 2055. Japanese population of over 65 years old will increase abruptly from 20 percent of total population in 2005 to 40 percent of total population in 2055. This phenomenon has put strain on Japanís economy and social security system.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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