Relationship between OECD and Super Mature Society

Kenta WAKAIZUMI, M.D. Research Assistant, D2, Graduate School of Medicine
Place: OECD (Tokyo, Paris)
Term: Feb. – March, 2014 in Tokyo (pre-training), Apr. – May, 2014 in Paris

During my internship at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), experiences in attending both the symposium in Tokyo and forum in Paris turned out to be the quite precious opportunities for me.

– Resilient Society: Minimizing damages of worldwide financial crisis and disaster and achieving the rapid recovery
– Inclusive Society: Where the specific persons and groups having some social weak points are able to interact with others and be in touch with networks

I felt that the two above keywords as the OECD has been promoting represented a Super Mature Society.
The OECD has a global view that one country helps all other countries, and all for one. The other developed countries, which have been suffering from a low economic growth and a big structural change of population, have the similar issues to Japan. Therefore we should cooperate each other to resolve the big issues. Additionally, the OECD proposed the cooperation between the developed countries and some emerging countries, i.e., Southeast Asian countries that have a big momentum. That is a win-win situation because the developed countries can help the emerging countries find a way out of the middle-income trap.
I was also able to recognize the novelty of my project entitled “Science of Motivation” in the Program for Leading Graduate School and the responsibility to complete the policy recommendation. That is because the OECD hardly has had information on a certain theme, especially the social issues on chronic pain, while the OECD has been making excellent multidimensional analyses based on a huge amount of data in several fields.
In conclusion, the OECD internship gave me a global point of view and a strong motivation to pursue “the science for the super mature society”.