In February 2022, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), a JCIE initiative, conducted an online survey to assess and visualize changes in the Japanese general public’s understanding of infectious diseases upon experiencing the COVID-19 pandemics, as well as their awareness of infectious diseases in developing countries and Japan’s international cooperation in the field of healthcare. Results from this survey will be used to inform policy activities for encouraging Japan to play a more active global role in addressing infectious diseases affecting countries around the world.
About the Survey
The survey was conducted as a smartphone questionnaire over three days (February 24–26, 2022). Participants consisted of 1,578 individuals in Japan aged 15 to 69. Responses were evaluated by age groups and by sex within each age group in line with the national census. The ratio of individuals identifying as male and female was approximately 50:50 (49.4% male, 50.1% female), and the average age of participants was 43 years of age.
- Over 90% of respondents felt that infectious diseases have no borders
- Nearly 70% were concerned about the COVID-19 situation in developing countries
- A majority felt that Japan should provide support for developing countries struggling with infectious diseases (78.5%) and that Japan should increase its health ODA (72.2%)
- Women are more concerned about infectious diseases in developing countries and more supportive of international cooperation in the field of health
- There is little interest in health topics amongst younger age groups
For more information and data from the survey, visit the FGFJ website.