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[Symposium] “Japanese Engay (easy-to-swallow) – foods” to support a super aging society (February 3, Friday) | 公益財団法人フォーリン・プレスセンター(FPCJ)

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[Symposium] “Japanese Engay (easy-to-swallow) – foods” to support a super aging society (February 3, Friday)

post date : 2017.01.13

[The Engay-Foods Symposium]

“ Japanese Engay (easy-to-swallow) - foods” to support a super aging society


 ※ This Symposium is only for foreign media and embassies. 


961ad5985467a25c3514f77e56452a71_sAs the first super aging society, Japan faces increasing numbers of patients with swallowing disorders (dysphagia) due to aging and disease. Because dysphagia limits the foods that can be eaten, it can be accompanied by problems such as aspiration pneumonia, undernutrition/ dehydration and deprivation of the enjoyment of eating, leading to loss of the physical strength and energy for living. Problems of eating/swallowing can happen with age to anyone. In Japan, the movement to support the oral intake of food to the end is growing.



Engay-foods becomes necessary when swallowing becomes difficult. Today, the introduction of Engay-foods, which is easy to swallow and does not differ from normal food in appearance, taste and warmth is progressing, mainly in hospitals and nursing facilities. Although paste-like mixer foods and cut-up meals are offered in hospitals and facilities, Engay-foods with further efforts to make them closer to the appearance of ordinary meals are drawing attention (http://www.shimotsuke.co.jp/select/engesyoku-world/engesyoku).


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FotorCreatedビールやきとりThe Engay-Foods Symposium for foreign media and embassies will be held on February 3, 2017 (Fri.) at Foreign Press Center Japan. At the Symposium, we will focus on the pleasures of taking meals orally to the end by Engay-foods as one way of extending a healthy life expectancy. We believe that Engay-foods will become a hint for foods to support aging societies not only in Japan but also in countries around the world that are facing the same issue. We will have cooking demonstration and tasting time.  


■ Date: February 3, 2017 (Fri.) 14:00-17:30 (Open at 13:30)
■ Venue: Conference room, Foreign Press Center Japan
(6th floor, Nippon Press Center Building, 2-2-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

■ Title: Symposium on Engay-Foods -Bringing continued pleasure of eating until the last breath with Engay-Foods-
■ Organizer: Office of the World of Engay-Foods

■ Eligible participants: Foreign media, embassy representatives, domestic media, medical and care-related workers
Special cooperation: Foreign Press Center Japan
■ Admission fee: Free  ■Language: Japanese (Simultaneous English interpretation)





Doors Open


■ Lecture "What is Dysphasia?” by Mr. Isamu Shibamoto


Professor, Seirei Christopher University)

・Dysphagia increases with aging / Signs and mechanisms of dysphagia, which can occur in anyone due to aging

■ Cooking demonstration and tasting by Ms. Minako Tobisawa

(registered dietitian/ NUTRI Co., Ltd.)

・Demonstration and tasting of Engay-foods developed uniquely in Japan




■ Talk session "The appeal of Engay-foods to share with the world”

Moderator and Mr. Yataro Matsuur a (former editor in chief, Kurashi no Techo)

・The importance of “oral intake of food”


■ Round-table discussion "The pleasures of orally consuming Engay-foods to the end”

Panelists: - Mr. Yataro Matsuura

- Mr. Michio Maruyama (doctor, director of Tanashi Hospital)

- Mr. Toshihiko Takeda (Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau,

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

- Ms. Michiyo Ishida (Japan Bureau Chief, Channel NewsAsia / Singapore)

・To extend a "healthy life expectancy”/ The potential for Engay-foods in Japan and its development overseas


Closing, Networking


[How to Apply]  

<E-mail address> sc@fpcjpn.or.jp (Ms. Takahashi/Ms. Fukasawa)

Please email following information by January 27 (Fri.).

(1) Name of participant:
(2) Name of affiliated organization/Embassy:
(3) Type of media organization (newspaper, magazine, television, etc.):
(4) Nationality of media organization:
(5) Telephone/FAX No./E-mail address:
(6) Dietary restrictions (due to allergy, religious reasons, etc.):
(7) Questions about Engay-foods:


*If you would like to interview a speaker, we will respond individually.
*The Grand Prize for Engay-Foods Recipe will be awarded in Tokyo on
February 9, 2017. Where people from hospitals and institutions throughout
the country who have devised easy-to-swallow recipes and attained excellent
results can gather, including Professor Ms. Setsuko Kanaya, an authority on
Engay-foods. Please let us know if you desire an interview.


FPCJ Strategic Communications Division (Ms. Takahashi/ Ms. Fukasawa)
Tel: 03-3501-5251 E-mail: sc@fpcjpn.or.jp

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