Overview the H.C.R.2016

Thank you very much for coming to the 43rd H.C.R. 2016.
The total number of visitors for the H.C.R. 2016 came up to 112,752. The weather was clear for first day and the last day and the second day was cloudy. We sincerely would like to express our gratitude to all exhibitors, organizations, and related people for their support and also to people in the field of welfare, nursing care and healthcare that cooperated with us to plan and operate H.C.R. 2016.
H.C.R.2017, the 44th Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition will be held in Tokyo Big Sight from September 27 (Wednesday) to September 29 (Friday) next year.
We will continuously be making efforts for the development and distribution of homecare and rehabilitation equipment and look forward to everyone's continued support and participation.

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Visitor's category

The most prominent feature of the H.C.R. was its visitors. The largest group of the visitors was the general public (29%), then, the people from welfare institutions (17%) and the distributors (16%). We could say, about two third of the visitors including General public(29%), Welfare institutions(17%), In-home nursing care(11%), Welfare organizations(5%) and Hospital and Rehabilitation centers(5%) were categorized as an end-user.

Overseas Visitors

We welcomed more than 2,000 visitors from overseas countries. The biggest three groups were Taiwan(546), Korea(465) and China(433). Then, from Thailand(229), Hong Kong(140) and Singapore(60), we had many visitors. Other overseas visitors were from U.S., Australia, Vietnam, France, Sweden, Demark, Netherlands, Myanmar, Malaysia, Germany, Israel, Philippines, Russia, U.K., Nepal, Turkey, Canada, Norway, New Zeeland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Chile, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Macau, Ireland, Argentina and Burundi (in descending order).


527 Exhibitors from 17 countries and 1 territory (70 overseas companies and 457 Japanese companies) gathered at the H.C.R. 2016.
They were from:
Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, U.K., U.S.A. and Japan

Exhibitors List

Exhibitors List (Overseas)
Exhibitors List (Japanese)

Exhibition Halls

Total Area of the exhibition was 51,380 ㎡ at Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 1 ~ 6.
International Symposium and some H.C.R. seminars were held at the Conference Tower at the Tokyo Big Sight for 3 days of the exhibition.

Hall Map (Hall 1~3)
Hall Map (Hall 4~6)

Day 1 Oct. 12 (Wed)

527 Exhibitors from all over the world gathered!

One of the biggest Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibitions in the world opened at Tokyo Big Sight.

◆ Opening Ceremony

H.C.R. 2016 opened with remarks by Mr. Juro Saito, the chairperson for the Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Joining Mr. Saito for the opening ceremony were, from left to right in the photo, Mr. Chikashi Matsuju (Advisor for Health and Welfare Information Association), Mr. Yasuyuki Takai (President of Health and Welfare Information Association), Mr. Bendt Apollo Rasmussen (H.C.R. Coordinator for Europe) from Denmark, Mr. Juro Saito, Mr. Tom Borcherding (H.C.R. Coordinator for North America) from U.S.A. and Mr. Hideaki Yamada (Executive Director for Health and Welfare Information Association).
Following the ceremony, doors were opened for crowded visitors to the exhibition halls.

Several Seminars and Special programs (Special Event) started at the conference tower and 6 Special Areas in the exhibition halls.

◆ H.C.R. Seminars

H.C.R. Seminars and Special Events started at the Conference Tower and at Special Site A, B, C and D in exhibition halls.

[2]Learn about basic techniques for preventing low back pain in nursing care ~ introduction of “Body Mechanics”

Prof. Keiko Aoyagi
Special appointed professor,
Urawa University and Junior College

A researcher demonstrated one of methods of care, "Body Mechanics" that would provide proper positions, postures and movements for both care givers and receivers to realize steady and easy care.

[3]Practical examples of useful ideas for the life at the welfare facilities

~ Let's share the ideas and discoveries for improving the daily care
To share the ideas for improving the quality of services, 10 presentations were made by the staffs of care facilities.

[Room A] "Examples for Care"

Moderator: Ms. Satomi Yukawa,
Executive Director for Rikushinkai
Social Welfare and Long-term Care House

  1. ① Addressing the Oral Care.
  2. ② A practical training for preventing falls.
  3. ③ Finding a comfortable end-of -life care at home
  4. ④ Communication and a meal support ~ 15 years endeavor of a speech therapist.
  5. ⑤ Try for improving the quality of life.
[Room B] "Examples for Management"

Moderator: Mr. Tsukasa Kukimoto,
Chairman for Tokiwakai Welfare Organization

  1. ① Learn from "Edel Tsuchiyama" of their BCP project and the management.
  2. ② Introduction of the practices of Social Welfare Kondankai.
  3. ③ To realize the life securing the dignities and the rights of users.
  4. ④ The risk management of the staff's low back pain creates a safe and secured care for residents.
  5. ⑤ Disability Employment (Universal employment).

◆ H.C.R. Special Event

[8] How to select and how to use homecare and rehabilitation equipment

The specialists provided lectures with demonstrations aiming at a better understanding of the users for the correct use of equipment. The topics were as follows and the lectures were held throughout the three days.

Day 1: Theme was Home Renovation

Topics were Toilets & Excretion Related Equipment, House Renovation and Bating Related Equipment.

Day 2: Theme was Basic Activities

Topics were Beds, Mobility Equipment, Cane & Walker, and Wheelchairs.

Day 3: Theme was Self-Help Device

Topics were Communication Equipment, Vehicles for Disabled Persons and Related Devices, and Self-help Device.

[9] Cooking Lessons for Elderly. Try together the daily easy cooking!

Ms. Sugako Kon and Ms. Kyoko Oshida
Toranomon Hospital

A number of families of a senior couple or a senior living alone are increasing today. As the daily cooking becomes a hard work for such people, many of them use ready-made foods or convenience store lunchboxes for their meals. In this program, a nutrition manager from a general hospital introduced and demonstrated the well-balanced daily-easy cooking using ready-made foods or convenience store lunchboxes.

[10] Knowledge is Power! ~Let's create a prosperous and happy life with High-Tech products in your house.

9 lectures were held to introduce the use of High-Tech products at home for the life of persons with disabilities.

Day 1

“Accessibility with Windows, life support using windows”
“Accessibility with Smartphones & Tablets for persons with physically disabilities”
“The use of high tech gadgets as a learning tool for developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment persons”

Day 2

“To use of high tech gadgets as an assistive tool”
“High tech gadgets to eliminate the discrimination of disabilities”
“Promotion of the employment of persons with disabilities using high tech gadgets”

Day 3

“Transforming Smartphones & Tablets into an assistive device for the life of disabled persons”
“Transforming Smartphones & Tablets into an assistive device for visually impaired persons”
“High tech gadgets for assisting the communication of persons with severe disabilities and multiple disabilities”

[11] Special Exhibit “Assistive equipment for the daily life of elderly and disabled persons. --My Size! --Display of equipment made especially for your needs”

Under the newly installed Law of Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with disabilities being practiced, to customize for each user the height, the thickness, the scale, the brightness, the weight, etc. is obliged to any manufacturers. In this area, products were showcased in the category of Wearing, Eating, and Living for visitors to discover "My Size" and "Comfortability".

[12] Children's Square for disabled children and families

The welfare equipment expands the potential of disabled children when using it effectively at their different development stages.
During 3-days exhibition, a comprehensive welfare equipment for children was gathered to exhibit. Besides, "Free Consultation Booth" and "Rest & Play Area" were installed in the same site.

[13] Forefront of the Development of Home Care & Rehabilitation Equipment

10 cutting-edge Nursing Care Equipment developed by companies or research institutes were introduced. Some of which were promoted under a project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Japan.

(Triple W Japan Inc)
kenko-oukoku for Pepper
(XING Inc. / SoftBank Robotics Corp.)
“yorisoi” robot
(Sanyo Homes Corporation)
(VR Techno center,Inc./MIYUKI ELEX CO.,LTD.)
Awareness Support System by Smart Voice Messaging
(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Uchihira / Hiraishi Laboratory)
Excretion Support Device
(SHELL ELECTRONICA CO., LTD. / Robot Rehabilitation Center in The Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology)
Medication Support Robot
(Clarion Co., Ltd)
Autistic job navigation
(Microbrain Co.,ltd.)
Mobile Motion Visualizer AKIRA
(System Friend,Inc.)
[14] Consultation Corner for Home Care & Rehabilitation Equipment

Consultation service regarding Home Care & Rehabilitation equipment and self-help equipment was provided by specialists, occupational therapists and technicians with no charge.

[15] Disaster Supporting Booths

To support reconstruction of the areas hit by disasters, H.C.R.2016 opens a shop to sell the products manufactured by people of welfare facilities in areas of earth quacks, typhoons and floods.

◆ The Company Presentation1, 2

The Company Presentation 1, 2 also started and total of 54 programs were introduced by 51 manufacturers and researchers in 3 days exhibition

Company Presentation 1
Company Presentation 2

◆ Appreciation Awards for 15 times participating exhibitors

H.C.R. organizer held an Appreciation Award Ceremony.

H.C.R. organizer held an Appreciation Award Ceremony. 20 Japanese companies were awarded for the fifteen times participation in the H.C.R. exhibitions.

[Award Recipients]

Aisin Seiki Co.,Ltd.
Fuji Data System, Inc.
kowa corporation
M&R Room
NDSoftware Co.,Ltd.
Nihon Computer Consultant Co., Ltd.
SANKO Co., Ltd.
SUWADA Blacksmith Works, Inc.
Taica Corporation
Wel-Partners Co., Ltd.


Day 2 Oct. 13 (Thu)

On the second day, there were 36,741 visitors. Booths were crowded with the people seeking the latest information about welfare equipment.

H.C.R. International Symposium was held at the conference tower under the theme of “For the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and promotion of their further participation in society” drawing full of audience.

◆ [1] H.C.R. International Symposium

  1. Theme:
    For the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and promotion of their further participation in society ~Normalization in the past, present and future
  2. Time & Venue
    13:00 ~ 16:00 pm 13 October, 2016
    At the conference tower, 6F, Tokyo Big Sight
  3. Participants:
    300 people at maximum

    Administrative officers, employees of welfare related organizations, specialists for welfare care, people in other social welfare fields, researchers, students and members of the general public
  4. Background and Objectives:
    In Japan, movements towards the protection of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and the promotion of their independence and participation in the civil and social spheres are developing in many ways, for example, an establishment of “Act to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability” or an amended “Act to promote the employment of persons with disabilities” -both are a response to the ratification of “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2014)” and will be effective in April 2016 – as well as the staging of 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

    At the H.C.R. Symposium this year, we invited a specialist from Denmark, where the principle of “Normalization” was born, and studied about the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities and their social participation in Europe in the past 10 years and in future then considered the Japanese measurements in the future.
Ms. Hanne Stig Andersen
from Denmark,
Head of Department for disabled Persons,
Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior
Dr. Shigeru Suemitsu
from Japan,
M.D., President of Asahigawa,
Prof. for Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
Guest tutor:
Mr. Jungoro Kondo
Board Chairperson of Association for Health
Economics Research and Social Insurance and
Welfare, Former administrative vice minister for
Health, Labour and Welfare, Lawyer
[First session]
Report from Denmark   by Ms. Hanne Stig Andersen
  1. Introduction
  2. Inclusion
  3. Facts and figures
  4. General Framework/organization:
  5. The four principles of Danish disability policy – emphasizing the Danish tax funded welfare system
  6. The main target of the disability policies
  7. New Social Goals
  8. Inclusion in the Labor Market
  9. Inclusion in the Education System
  10. Inclusion in Social Communities
  11. Residential accommodation
  12. The social legislation
  13. Involving civil society
  14. Future challenges and solution
  15. Ending
Report from Japan   by Dr. Shigeru Suemitsu
  1. Introduction
  2. Concept of Normalization and Challenges for Concretizing it in Japan
  3. Community welfare system
  4. De-institutionalization in Japan
  5. Brief history of Welfare Policy for persons with disabilities in Japan
  6. Overall condition of welfare services for persons with disabilities
  7. Promotion of Transition from Institution to Local Community
  8. Practice at Asahigawaso
  9. Concept of Special Needs Education
  10. Employment of Persons with disabilities
  11. Promotion of sporting, Cultural and Artistic Activities
  12. Institutions for Seriously disabled children
  13. Historical trend of social welfare benefits
  14. Towards an era of accepting a wide range of values based on diversity and inclusiveness
[Second session]
Q&A session and Panel style discussion
Moderator: Mr. Jungoro Kondo

       * * *
Summarizing by Mr. Jungoro Kondo

◆ H.C.R. Seminars

[4] Open the way to the future by the use of Care Robot

Mr. Kiyokuni Goto, Planning Division,
The Association for Technical Aids

Lecture about the future possibility of Care Robots and the challenges for the effective use and the smooth installation.

Day 3 Oct. 14 (Fri)

On the third day, there were 38,558 visitors. Booths were crowded with the people seeking the latest information about welfare equipment. The total number of visitors for three days was 112,752.

H.C.R. Seminars, Special Events, and Company Presentation I, II were held according to the program. Each program attracted many people.

◆ H.C.R. Seminars

[5] The latest trend and the future perspectives of the development of Care Robot~study about the User-Driven Innovation in Nordic countries and attempts to the popularization in Japan.

Ms. Kayo Uemura,
Economic & Industrial Research Department,
Development Bank of Japan

Lecture about the commercialization of Care Robots along with the examples of international trends and the government policy in Japan.

[6] Athletic Ideal and Legacy for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ~ aiming at the integration of Environment and Welfare and its establishment in our society.

A panel discussion with Paralympic medalists was held on the themes of "Social Inclusion", "A treasure of the effort to overcome the disabilities", and "The aim of the Tokyo Paralympic".

Keynote Speech “Progress of Social Inclusion supported by Paralympic”

by Mr. Shigeru Sumitani,
Chairperson for Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai
Imperial Gift Foundation, Inc.

Lecture 1
“Sportsmanship links Welfare care and Environment
– Report from Rio Paralympics”

by Ms. Yuko Sakita, Chairperson,
NPO GENKI Net for Creating a Sustainable Society

Lecture 2
“Aiming at encouraging the social participation of persons with
disabilities – the advent of Paralympic as a good opportunity”

by Mr. Katsunori Fujii, Chairperson for Japan Council on Disability

[7] Learn about infections and the proper ways to control infections at welfare facilities

by Mr. Ken Osaka,
Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry

A specialist lectures about the basic knowledges of an infection disease, how to prevent it, and the initial measures at welfare facilities, children's or elderly care homes.

◆ Welcome Cocktail Party

All exhibitors were invited to Welcome Cocktail Party on the first day evening and there the first time overseas exhibitors were introduced. Exhibitors were exchanging information with cheers.

Thank you very much for visiting the H.C.R. 2016.
H.C.R. 2017, the 44th Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition will be held on September 27(Wed)-29(Fri) at the Tokyo Big Sight.
We are looking forward to meeting you again at the show.

For Potential Exhibitors, we are glad to inform you that we will start Application on February 1 and close on March 31, 2017. It will be our pleasure to welcome you as H.C.R. 2017 Exhibitors.

For the first time applicants, please contact us with the Application Request Form to get Application Guidelines Booklet and Application Forms.


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