GLOBAL HEALTH & HUMAN SECURITY

2007–Present

JCIE’s Global Health and Human Security Program builds international cooperation to tackle many of the world’s most pressing health challenges. Program activities advocate for strong Japanese leadership on global health, mobilize world leaders to help make health systems in low and middle-income countries more resilient, and advance universal health coverage in the world’s poorest countries. Dialogues and studies organized as part of this initiative have played a historic role in elevating global health on Japan’s foreign policy agenda, starting with the 2008 Toyako G8 Summit and continuing to this day.

PROGRAM NEWS


3rd GFF Seminar | The GFF’s Impact on the Ground—Case of the Nutrition Project in Cambodia

July 1, 2021 (ICT, JST) | June 30 (EDT, CDT) | Online

JCIE launched the GFF Seminar series in 2020 as part of its efforts to deepen understanding of how the Japanese government, NGOs, and others can coordinate more effectively with the GFF in order to st…


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…


The GFF and Prospects for Maternal and Child Health Services in Africa during the COVID-19 Crisis

December 21, 2020 | Online

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) organized a special roundtable in conjunction with International Universal Health Coverage Day (on December 12) to highlight the work of the Global F…


Japan-US Dialogue | Harnessing New Technologies to Battle COVID-19

October 1, 2020 | Online

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) and the Consulate General of Japan in New York co-hosted a special webinar featuring Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize i…


2nd GFF Seminar | The Global Financing Facility in the COVID-19 Crisis

August 27, 2020 | Online

JCIE launched the GFF Seminar series in 2020 as part of its efforts to deepen understanding of how the Japanese government, NGOs, and others can coordinate more effectively with the GFF in order to st…


JCIE Webinar | Global Health Diplomacy, Seen from the Perspective of Dr. Satoshi Ezoe

July 30, 2020 | Online

JCIE invited Dr. Satoshi Ezoe, the newly appointed Head of the Global Health Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), to an engaging discussion on the landscape of the United Nations…


The Significance of Private Donations in the Global COVID-19 Response

July 15, 2020 | Online

JCIE held a virtual meeting to deepen the understanding of COVID-19’s global impact and the important role the WHO plays in the global response. The discussion featured Naoko Yamamoto, assistant direc…


Global Health Diet Roundtable | Update on the Regional COVID-19 Situation

April 21, 2020 | Virtual

On April 21, JCIE held its Fifth Global Health Diet Roundtable where more than a dozen Diet members were briefed on the current global COVID-19 situation by World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pac…


1st GFF Seminar | Introducing the Financing Facility

February 13, 2020 | Tokyo

JCIE launched the GFF Seminar series in 2020 as part of its efforts to deepen understanding of how the Japanese government, NGOs, and others can coordinate more effectively with the GFF in order to st…


Reformulating Japan's Global Health ODA to Meet Changing Global Needs

January 30, 2020 | Bangkok, Thailand

More than 30 senior government officials, health experts, and leaders from international organizations gathered to discuss the direction Japan should take to improve its developmental assistance for h…


Next Steps on UHC—Moving Forward from the G20 and HLM-UHC

September 24, 2019 | New York

JCIE, in cooperation with the UN Foundation, convened a small, high-level roundtable of global health experts and policymakers on the morning after the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC to discuss what the…


JCIE Organizes Side Meetings to Advance Global Health Dialogue at TICAD7

August 28–31, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

JCIE co-organized three official side events during TICAD7, building on the momentum of the week to advance policy dialogue around key global health issues such as sustainable financing of universal h…


Achieving Sustainable Financing for Health in Africa

August 29, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

On August 29, JCIE co-organized an event on Achieving Sustainable Financing for Health in Africa on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7). The eve…


Towards Population Ageing in Africa

August 29, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

Held on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD7), this event brought together influential policymakers, NGO representatives, and academicians for a dialo…


Health Workforce Investment as a Driver of UHC and Economic Development

August 28, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

On the sidelines of TICAD7, JCIE partnered with IntraHealth International to organize this side event. Over 120 participants took part in a discussion on the wide-ranging benefits of health workforce…

PUBLICATIONS


FGFJ Publications | Launching a Pandemic Financing Facility: Three Proposals & Their Implications for the Global Fund

August 2021

Over the past three months, three different commissions issued reports proposing major reforms of the global health architecture to improve pandemic preparedness and response (PPR). In this FGFJ repor…


A COVID-19 Emergency Response Strategy—Establishing Domestic Vaccine Development Capacity During a Public Health Emergency

Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia, Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security

2021

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, JCIE’s Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia recommends greater efforts to achieve regulatory harmonization in…


JCIE Publications | Toward Achieving the SDGs: The GFF’s Impact and Challenges and Its Significance for Japan

Prepared by Shiori Nagatani, Tomoko Yoshida, and Tomoko Suzuki

2020 (Japanese) | 2021 (English abridged version)

With the goal of fostering the understanding of the GFF among people involved in global health and developmental assistance in Japan, JCIE conducted…


The Time Has Come for a COVID-19 Marshall Plan

James Gannon

May 25, 2021

“In his announcement of COVID-19 vaccine donations, President Biden evoked World War II by vowing that the U.S. will be the world’s “arsenal of vaccines.” It is time to instead harken back to the imme…


Japan’s Global Health Diplomacy in the Post-COVID Era—The Paradigm Shift Needed on ODA and Related Policies

Special Commission on Japan’s Strategy on Development Assistance for Health

2020 & 2021

A report from a high-level commission organized by JCIE calls for the Japanese government to better coordinate and strategize its health ODA by creating a centralized “control tower” and to double fun…


Japan's Friendship with the US Remains Unshakable

Koji Tomita

March 11, 2021

This opinion piece was written by Ambassador Koji Tomita, who references a 2016 JCIE survey on US givings in the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster response.


US-Japan Cooperation on COVID-19 with James Gannon

January 28, 2021

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, discusses Japan’s COVID-19 response and the expanding potential of the US-Japan cooperation in this episode of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center’s “Asia in Was…


Global Health Needs US-Japan Partnership

James Gannon

December 18, 2020

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, calls for greater US-Japan partnership on pandemic response and global health in this piece for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound blog, pointin…


Event Report | Harnessing New Technologies to Battle COVID-19

JCIE

October 2020

Report on an online dialogue featuring Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This was designed to share lessons from Japan’s relatively successful COVID…


We Need to Do Better–Perspectives on the Global Response to COVID-19

An Interview with Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez

June 25, 2020

A noted figure in the global health community, Ariel Pablos-Méndez led USAID’s health programming during the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis as assistant administrator for global health, and he has been on the…


Survey of Japanese Legislators: Attitudes on ODA and Global Health

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

June 2020

A JCIE survey of Japanese legislators finds that 80 percent of the 92 respondents favor steps to increase Japan’s official development assistance (ODA), with most prioritizing funding for health progr…


A UHC Approach to Harmonizing Asian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulations

Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia, Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security

2020

The recommendations of JCIE’s Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia examines specific areas Japan should tackle in order to promote regulatory har…


Recommendations on Formulating a Grand Design for Asian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization

Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security, JCIE

2019

The recommendations of JCIE’s Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia highlight a need for regulatory harmonization and cross-sectoral cooperation.


Advancing a Global Health Agenda in the SDG Era: Enhancing Japan’s Leadership Role in 2019–2020

International Advisory Group on Global Health (IAG)

November 2018

In 2019 and 2020, Japan hosts a range of critical international meetings, from the G20 Summit to the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), and the Nutrition for Growth S…


Leveraging Disease Funding to Advance Health for All: The Global Fund and Universal Health Coverage

Susan Hubbard and Maya Wedemeyer

2017

This report is the result of work by a JCIE research team to examine those complementary efforts with the goal of providing examples of how disease-specific programs can create win-win situations in w…