Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)

2004–Present

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), is a special initiative founded and operated by JCIE to strengthen support in Japan for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a major international funding mechanism for fighting communicable diseases.

Japan played a key role in the Global Fund’s initial conception, serving as the host of the 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit, where world leaders first agreed to establish a multilateral fund to mobilize resources from around the world to fight three of the most devastating diseases. Since the Global Fund was launched in 2002, Japan has been one of its top donors.

FGFJ works to create an enabling environment in Japan for an effective response to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. It helps the Japanese government, private sector, and civil society contribute to the battle against these diseases, and it educates Japanese leaders about global health challenges, including through its multisectoral advisory board and its sponsorship of a legislators’ group, the FGFJ Diet Task Force. It also deepens international cooperation involving Japan and other countries to respond more effectively to these deadly diseases.

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FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | 20 Years of HIV Prevention in Shinjuku’s Ni-Chome District—The Power of Community Outreach & Mobilization

June 11, 2021 |

This interview features Kohta Iwahashi, president of akta, a nonprofit that provides information on HIV prevention for sexual minorities. In it, he dives into akta’s community-based activities and how…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Rising from a Grim HIV Prognosis to Stand Up for Young Women/Girls in Kenya and Join an Olympic Torch Relay Team

May 5, 2021 |

In this latest issue of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders: Our Story” series, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) and Asahi GLOBE+ are pleased to feature Maurine Murenga, a woman from Keny…


The 32nd Diet Task Force Meeting Dives into the Global Fund’s Role in the ACT-Accelerator

April 30, 2021 | Online

FGFJ’s 32nd Diet Task Force meeting featured Peter Sands, the executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), as a guest speaker. He spoke to more than 30…


The Biden-Suga Summit: Cooperation to Enhance Support for the ACT Accelerator

April 26, 2021 | Washington DC

On April 16, 2021 President Joseph Biden of the United States and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan held a meeting in Washington DC. The two exchanged opinions on important issues between the Uni…


New Japanese-Language Video by FGFJ Explains the Global Fund’s Lifesaving Work

April 9, 2021 |

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) have come together to produce an animated video in Japanese introducing the roles…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | From Hopelessness to Hopefulness—Three Decades of Leading the Fight against HIV/AIDS

March 26, 2021 |

This installment of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders: Our Story” features Ambassador Mark Dybul, who decided to pursue a medical career to fight HIV/AIDS and ended up leading the American effo…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Surviving TB & COVID – What a South African Doctor Has to Tell the World

December 10, 2020 |

This interview features Zolelwa Sifumba, a young medical doctor from South Africa who has survived MDR-TB and COVID-19. In it, she shares more about her experiences with communicable diseases and her…


Dr. Osamu Kunii Describes the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response at a Joint FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board Meeting

November 10, 2020 | Tokyo & Online

On November 10, 2020, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) held a combined session that represented the third meeting this year of FGFJ Diet Task Force and the first of the FGFJ Advisory Board.


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | A Transgender Woman and HIV Activist Who Realized Her Dreams

November 10, 2020 |

This interview tells the story of Erika Castellanos, a transgender woman living with HIV who has struggled for survival and acceptance, and now works as an advocate for trans, gender diverse and inter…


Global Fund ED Discusses COVID-19's Impact on the Three Major Diseases in 30th FGFJ Diet Task Force Meeting

June 16, 2020 | Online

The FGFJ Diet Task Force held an online roundtable with Peter Sands, who briefed 14 Diet members on the expansion of COVID-19 in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC), the impact that is having on…


29th FGFJ Diet Task Force Meeting on Climate Variation’s Impact on Malaria

April 23, 2020 | Virtual

On March 10, the JCIE/FGFJ Diet Task Force met with Dr. Noboru Minakawa and Dr. Shigeyuki Kano to discuss the relationship between climate variation and malaria. The topic generated a high level of in…


TV Celebrity JOY Joins FGFJ for a World Tuberculosis Day Special Interview

March 24, 2020 | Tokyo

For World Tuberculosis Day, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)/Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) released a special interview with TV personality JOY, who contracted tuberculosi…


FGFJ | SwitchPoint Shibuya, a TICAD7 Partner Program

August 31, 2019 | Tokyo

SwitchPoint Shibuya was a networking event that sought to foster innovative partnerships and approaches to tackling some of the world’s greatest humanitarian issues around health challenges in Africa…


FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board Meeting with Peter Sands and Donald Kaberuka

August 28, 2019 | Tokyo

Global Fund Board Chair Donald Kaberuka and Executive Director Peter Sands met with nine members of the FGFJ Diet Task Force to discuss Japan’s leadership role in the fight against the three diseases.


Takeda Makes First Private Sector Pledge for Global Fund Replenishment

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June 2, 2019 |

An overview of the partnership between Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and The Global Fund; the renewal of this partnership was facilitated by Friends of the Global Fund, Japan, operated by JCIE…


Friends of the Global Fund, Japan Commemorates 15th Anniversary

March 20, 2019 | Tokyo

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) welcomed more than 150 participants at its 15th Anniversary Event, which was held at The Classic House, Akasaka Prince, in Tokyo. The participants included…


FGFJ | Indonesia Press Tour

November 25-30, 2018 | Indonesia

JCIE’s Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) conducted a press tour that brought four journalists from major Japanese newspapers to two cities in Indonesia for site visits of Global Fund–supported…


FGFJ | Media Roundtable on the Sidelines of a UN High-Level Meeting on TB

June 5, 2018 | New York

JCIE/FGFJ worked with the United Nations Foundation and Results US to hold a media roundtable titled, “Press briefing on tuberculosis: Why 2018 is a historic year in the fight against this deadly, for…


FGFJ | 2018 World Malaria Day Event—Kyogen Performance of “Mosquito Sumo”

April 24, 2018 | Tokyo

In honor of a visit by Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund, a reception was arranged the day before World Malaria Day with a very special performance of Ka-zumo, or “mosquito sumo,” a K…


FGFJ | New Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands Visits Japan

April 23–24, 2018 | Tokyo

Peter Sands, the new executive director of the Global Fund, visited Japan from April 23–24, 2018, participating in meetings with the Friends of the Global Fund, a symposium co-organized by JCIE and th…


FGFJ | UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé Visits Japan

February 21–22, 2018 | Tokyo

JCIE/FGFJ welcomed Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, back to Japan. This time, Mr. Sidibé spoke with JCIE’s Global Health and Human Security Executive Committee on February 21 on synergies…


FGFJ | Reaching the Underserved and Vulnerable—TB Responses as a Pathway to UHC

December 12, 2017 | Tokyo

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) co-organized an official side event on the sidelines of the UHC Forum 2017. This side event explored how the TB response and the strategies to advance UHC…


FGFJ | Global Fund Interim Executive Director Marijke Wijnroks Visits Japan

October 15–18, 2017 | Tokyo

The Global Fund Interim Executive Director Marijke Wijnroks met with the FGFJ Advisory Board and senior government officials to advocate for Japan’s continued support for the Global Fund.


FGFJ | Diet Members Visit Community Organization in Ho Chi Minh City

August 17, 2017 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vuot Song is a community-based organization located in an area of Ho Chi Minh City where a large population of MSM and IDUs live. A visit to this site provided a unique opportunity for a small group o…


FGFJ Diet Task Force Visit to Indonesia and Timor-Leste

September 5–11, 2016 | Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Four members of JCIE’s Friends of the Global Fund Japan (FGFJ) Diet Task Force visited Indonesia and Timor-Leste to see first-hand how Japan’s support for the Global Fund is making an impact in the fi…


Bill Gates meets with FGFJ Diet Task Force

December 17, 2015 | Tokyo

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, met with 14 Diet members of the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), Diet Task Force to discuss the latest accomplishments of the Glob…


FGFJ | JCIE Interview with the Global Fund's Dr. Mark Dybul

December 16, 2015 | Tokyo

Dr. Mark Dybul, head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, talks with JCIE about how funding for AIDS and TB initiatives is also strengthening health systems in the poorest count…