Japan-Thailand Education and Research Cooperation

Prof. Yasuyuki Yoshizawa (Japan)

TMDU Presicdent Yoshizawa’s synopsis for the topic”Japan-Thailand Education and Research Cooperation”


Japan has faced an aging population since 1970. In 2010 the country entered a new era becoming a super-aging society in which more than 20% of the population is aged 65 or more. This rapidly graying population has been accompanied by a demographic shift in diseases, from infectious diseases to lifestyle diseases, which now account for about 60% of deaths. Cancer accounts for approximately half of such lifestyle diseases, and the rate of cancer deaths is rising. Under these circumstances, the medical sector needs to train specialists to provide multimodal treatment including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy, and hormone therapy. We especially need to nurture high-level oncologists to coordinate and promote best practices in treatment. Since globalization is accelerating the pace of exchange in goods and people, thereby leading to diversification of treatment modalities, we accordingly need to also train internationally minded medical personnel to meet such needs.

In the ASEAN region, populations have aged in conjunction with rapid economic development over recent years. This phenomenon is particularly remarkable in the Kingdom of Thailand, a leader in the region, which can be regarded as following in Japan’s footsteps as it moves towards a super-aging society. Moreover, Thailand’s aging society is also causing a demographic change in diseases, notably an increase in cancer and other lifestyle diseases. Thus there is a need to train high-level medical personnel who have broad knowledge, strong leadership, and pioneering research in these fields.

As Japan’s only national university with a graduate school of medical and dental sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) strives to help people and society in a wide range of ways and foster outstanding medical professionals and researchers, based on its vision of “Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity, thereby Contributing to People’s Well-being.” TMDU also aims to promote internationalization in medical and dental education, which is a distinctive strength of our institution, and to form a global educational hub to create a society with a long healthy lifespan by expanding worldwide networks of medical personnel. Japan has long maintained friendly relations with Thailand and built systems for cooperation in many fields. The medical field is no exception, and we have promoted joint research and many other forms of collaboration. By establishing a joint degree program offering a medical degree by both TMDU and Mahidol University, we hope to provide students with opportunities to learn medical techniques and knowledge from both institutions and acquire various research methodologies and international perspectives through joint cross-border research. Our expectation is that such opportunities will enable students to play active roles in developing the future of medicine. I firmly believe that this will lead to the training of people who will contribute to further medical developments in both countries and the world as a whole, and forge even deeper ties between Japan and Thailand.

Event Hours(1)

  • Convention Hall A

    09:30 am – 10:00 am

    Prof. Yasuyuki Yoshizawa (Japan)

    Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa (SI)