The Institute of Gerontology of The University of Tokyo was established in April 2009 under the Office of the President as a permanent body of The University of Tokyo. Its establishment is based on three preceding years of research activities in the Program of Gerontological Research, under the Organization for Interdisciplinary Research. At The Institute of Gerontology, projects are being put together using interdisciplinary teams that are able to engage effectively and flexibly in research concerning the various challenges for an aging society. The aging of society is a global phenomenon and the actions being taken by Japan, the population of which is the longest lived in the world, are being closely watched by the rest of the world. In addition to tackling domestic issues, the institute also intends to work actively to create an international network and develop global research and education activities.


Research Field

Aging in Place: Creating communities where people can grow old in a manner that suits themselves, in the community where they have always lived.


Cooperation Profile

Frailty Check-up program
Frailty Check-up program have been developed a simple screening tool for frailty, which elderly citizen supporters only can operate in each small gathering place (e.g. community salon) via support by its local government. Data from each municipality is collected from about 66 municipalities across the country.

Kashiwa study
This is a prospective cohort study designed to test the scientific evidence for prevention of frailty among community-dwelling older adults. A total of 2,044 older adults have been studied during 2012 and up to the present, with plans to follow up in 2021, depending on the status of COVID-19.