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For Immediate Release

December 5, 2007

Manulife WakuWaku Room Project Recipients Selected

Special Project to Promote and Develop Hospital Playrooms as Part of Advanced Pediatric Care

Tokyo - The non-profit organization (NPO) Children’s Health Forum (Director: Minoru Tanabe), using a donation from Manulife Life Insurance Company (President and CEO: Geoff Crickmay; hereinafter “Manulife Japan”), is implementing a special initiative called the Manulife WakuWaku Room Project, aimed at financially supporting the development of model playrooms at pediatric healthcare facilities. Applications to receive funding for this initiative were accepted from 22 facilities nationwide. Following a careful selection process, two facilities (one from Osaka Prefecture and one from Aichi Prefecture) have been selected as recipients.

The Manulife WakuWaku Room Project is based on the “WakuWaku Room,” a playroom at Aichi Children’s Health and Medical Center (Ohbu-shi, Aichi Prefecture), a prefecture-supported hospital which is known as one of the most advanced children’s hospitals in Japan. The Manulife WakuWaku Room Project aims to develop sufficiently furnished, full-fledged playrooms in Japanese pediatric facilities and raise awareness of the significance of the “playroom” concept, which is central to caring for the total wellness of children who are hospitalized or are undergoing outpatient treatment.

In selecting the recipients for the Manulife WakuWaku Room Project, the NPO Children’s Health Forum established a Selection Committee to study the candidate facilities. The Committee examined specifically each facility’s current initiatives for improving the overall healthcare environment for children and the outlook of future efforts, as well as the system in place for managing and maintaining such a playroom. On-site inspections were also part of the selection process. Multiple meetings were held to discuss the candidate facilities and all candidates were carefully studied. As a result of this process, the two facilities below were selected as recipients.

Manulife WakuWaku Room Project Recipients:

  • Kinki University Hospital (Osaka Prefecture)
  • Toyota Kosei Hospital (Aichi Prefecture)

Both facilities have already begun preparation for opening a Manulife WakuWaku Room at their facilities. Toyota Kosei Hospital (formerly Kamo Hospital) will do a symbolic opening of its Manulife WakuWaku Room in conjunction with the hospital’s official opening in January 2008, while Kinki University Hospital plans to open its playroom in April 2008.