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DFJI serves as a platform for companies, groups and people who are interested in creating and promoting dementia-friendly communities in Japan through their voluntary projects. Here are some examples of DFJI’s official projects.
[Link to projects]
– Run Tomorrow
– HistoryPin
– Words for a Journey
– Fragrance

Awarded the best 30 micro-documentaries of “Innovators around the World” Micro-Documentary Salon

“Run Tomorrow – Living with Dementia” became one of the best 30 micro-documentaries of “Innovators around the World” Micro-Documentary Salon. “Innovators around the World” Maicro-Documantary Salon is one of the important events of the 6th Beijing International Film Festival Documentary Sector. This year, we received more than 700 micro-documentaries from 110 countries and selected best 30 micro-documentaries. These best micro-documentaries were screened in our event. It is our great pleasure to inform you that Yasuhiro Tamura’s work RUN TOMORROW – LIVING WITH DEMENTIA became one of the best 30 micro-documentaries of “Innovators around the World” Micoro-Documentary Salon. – NEWKEERMICRO Doc Union, April, 2016 – [Ref] Run Tomorrow Web site Main …

Awarded the FWA “SITE OF THE DAY APRIL 24 2016”

“Run Tomorrow – Living with Dementia”, which is an online website designed by LETTERS, INC, has been awarded the FWA “SITE OF THE DAY APRIL 24 2016”. FWA stands for Favourite Website Awards, an industry recognised internet award programme and inspirational portal, established in May 2000. FWA was the first online award programme to receive over 200,000,000 site visitors. SITE OF THE DAY APRIL 24 2016 (FWA) LETTERS, INC.    

DFJI/Run Tomorrow given positive coverage by Alzheimer’s Disease International

DFJI and Run Tomorrow receive praise and prominence in the latest Alzheimer’s Disease International Dementia Friendly Communities (Key Principles) report. The Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative which supports the annual Run Tomorrow initiative are delighted with the prominent coverage given to both our organisation and the Run Tomorrow initiative by Alzheimer’s Disease International in its latest Dementia Friendly Communities (Key Principles) report. Coverage of this magnitude amplifies our efforts and outcomes and is an invaluable asset. Dementia Friendly Communities – Resources Dementia friendly communities: Key principles Dementia friendly communities: Global developments   Dementia Friendly Communities – Resources | Alzheimer’s Disease International We produced a report on the key …

Letter from James

A review from James McKillop on “Words for a Journey: The Art of Being with Dementia” We have received a very positive response to our book “Words for a Journey” from James McKillop. James, from Scotland, has been living with dementia for the last 15 years. He visited Japan in November 2015. Thank you, James. We are delighted to receive your message!   Dear Takashi and Makoto This is James McKillop here, from Glasgow, Scotland. I was in Japan in November 2015 and at a meeting someone kindly gave me the above mentioned book (and cards), written in English. I had a careful read of the book, and to say …

Offically nominated for the “Film for (a better) Future” Festival

“Run Tomorrow – Living with Dementia”,  which is an online short film by EXIT FILM inc, has been nominated for the Film for (a better) Future” Festival. The 2016 “Film for (a better) Future” Festival will be held at the Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre in Atlanta, GA and will take place on May 1-25.     The 2016 Film for (a better) Future Festival–a-better–future—film-festival “Run Tomorrow – Living with Dementia” web site Film for (a better) Future invites filmmakers to create and share stories that drive change. The festival celebrates the art of filmmaking. We encourage filmmakers to subjectively define “change” in their own words and creatively reflect their unique …

Selected for the “DOTD (March 14, 2016)” DESIGN AWARDS.ASIA

“Run Tomorrow – Living with Dementia”,  which is an online short film by EXIT FILM inc, has been selected as the “DOTD (Desigh of the DAY) – MARCH 14, 2016″ of DesignAwards.Asia DOTD – March 14, 2016 (DesignAwards.Asia)  

Released: A new web site and short movies on Run Tomorrow

Demetia Friendship Club has released a new web site and short movies on Run Tomorrow. the new web site Main movie; RUN TOMORROW Making movie: BEHIND THE SCENE – RUN TOMORROW “RUN TOMORROW” is a long distance relay with people living with dementia, a sash handed over one by one across communities in Japan. Our aim is to create a community where people living with dementia can live safely and comfortably in any town. This project was started to support RUN TOMORROW’s activities. In Japan, there are people who want to overcome various misunderstandings and prejudices about dementia, and be the heroes/heroines in their own lives. There are also people who want …

Fujinomiya: Bridging Communities (DESIAP)

“Fujinomiya: Bridging Communities, Sharing Our Memories” is featured on the web site of DESIAP (Design and Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific). DESIAP is a web platform to share innovative actions and practical wisdom among Asia-Pacific Rim countries. URL: Fujinomiya: Bridging Communities, Sharing Our Memories(DESIAP) “Fujinomiya: Bridging Communities, Sharing Our Memories” In the winter of 2014, high school students from Shizuoka prefectural Fugaku-kan, set up an interactive event involving local senior citizens, using old photos from Fujinomiya. This interactive event was held in the Fujinomiya Station Shopping Street.


“Words for a Journey – The Art of Being with Dementia” has received a Good Design Award 2015. The Good Design Award has been the only comprehensive award for design in Japan since 1957. “Words for a Journey – The Art of Being with Dementia” is the result of collaborative work between associate professor Takashi Iba and the students at the Iba Laboratory with corporate members of the Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative(DFJI) [Link] > Words for a Journey Project

Words for a Journey – The Art of Being with Dementia

Words for a Journey – The Art of Being with Dementia collects practical knowledge on living with dementia. Though many hold negative impressions of the disease, there are still many who are living well with dementia. They have not given up everything in their life just because they have the disease. The book collects wisdom and stories from such people, and extracts its essence to be shared widely. More specifically, the information in the book is formatted into small pieces of hints. Each hint describes a “context” that people with dementia and the people around experience, and a “problem” that is commonly associated with the situation. Following this, a “solution” …