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.


Hiroshima G7 Global Health Taskforce Roundtable Discussion

November 30, 2022 | Washington DC

In 2023, Japan will host the G7 Summit in Hiroshima. JCIE has established a Hiroshima G7 Global Health Task Force to make recommendations to the Japanese government on the G7 agenda for global health….

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The Roles of Germany and Japan in Global Health IV

October 19, 2021 | Berlin and Online

Japanese and German politicians, policy experts, business leaders, and global health experts participated in a hybrid forum to utilize the countries’ bilateral relationship to discuss key issues in gl…

Launch of the G7 Global Health Task Force

August 10, 2022 | Japan

Ahead of the G7 Summit, JCIE has established the 2023 G7 Global Health Task Force under the Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security to make recommendations to the Japanese government o…

4th US-Japan Global Health Dialogue

June 17, 2022 | Washington DC

The 4th US-Japan Global Health Dialogue brought together over 50 American and Japanese senior government officials, legislators, health experts, and leaders from international organizations to discuss…

SYMPOSIUM | Restructuring Post-COVID Global Health Governance through Global Solidarity: The Role of G7 & G20

March 16, 2022 | Online

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Tokyo University Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) are conducting a research project on “The International Order and Japan’s Role in the COV…

JCIE Co-organized Official Event for Nutrition for Growth Summit

December 8, 2021 | Online

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), joined by the Ministry of Finance of Japan, the World Bank, and the *Global Finance Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF), held an off…

How to Protect the Nutrition and Health of Women, Children, and Adolescents in the Time of COVID-19

November 15, 2021 | Online

Leading up to the Nutrition for Growth 2021 Summit, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) hosted a high-level webinar that brought together Diet members and key figures in discussions on…

JCIE Launches ACT-A Watch Japanese-Language Website and Twitter Feed

November 9, 2021 | Online

JCIE is proud to announce the launch of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) Watch website and Twitter feed, providing Japanese audiences with greater access to the latest information on t…

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…

Briefing on the ACT-Accelerator at the Special Session of the Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security

May 19, 2021 | Virtual

On May 19th, ten leaders of the global health organizations that comprise the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, as well as Ambassador Carl Bildt, WHO Special Envoy for ACT-Accelerator, joine…

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…

JCIE Marks One-Year Anniversary as the Japan Partner of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

April 22, 2021 |

JCIE began partnering with the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO to accept donations to support the WHO and other international organizations in the fight against the global pandemic.

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Vaccine Diplomacy and Japan: What Is Needed Now?

April 5, 2021 | Virtual

On April 5, JCIE hosted its 6th Global Health Diet Roundtable, which was held online and attended by seven Diet members across multiple parties. Speakers discussed the current status of COVID-19 vacci…

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…

Bringing the GFF to the 34th Executive Committee Meeting

November 4, 2020 | Online

As a part of the 34th meeting of the Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security, Dr. Muhammad Pate, Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) spo…


Kishida Shows Leadership at TICAD on Global Health and Security

Kazuyo Kato

August 28, 2022

This piece by JCIE/USA Executive Director Kazuyo Kato highlights the significant of Japan’s recent pledge to the Global Fund, made at TICAD8.

Japan and America Can Restore a Healthy World Order

Mark Lagon and James Gannon

August 25, 2022

This piece by JCIE Senior Fellow Jim Gannon and Friends of the Global Fight Chief Policy Officer Mark Lagon highlights the history of US-Japan collaboration on health, and how the two countries can co…

JCIE/USA Fellow and Board Members Featured in Special COVID Edition of Global Asia

James Gannon - Simone Villa, Giorgia Renne, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Mario C. Raviglione - Charles Morrison

March 2022

“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the lack of high-level political leadership in co-ordinating global action against the pandemic, with resultant failures in securing agreement between governments…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 14 | Essential Medical Products during a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC): Public Funding for R&D and Internationally Equitable Access to Its Results

Yasushi Katsuma

March 11, 2022

This article considers such questions as why the global disparity in access has occurred, whether international efforts to close those gaps have been successful, and what is needed for a fundamental s…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 15 | Financing Mechanisms for Health Security — Challenges and Lessons for the Future

Haruka Sakamoto

March 11, 2022

This policy brief discusses contributions to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies since it was established in 2015.

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 12 | Can the ACT Accelerator Achieve Truly Fair and Equitable Access to COVID-19 Tools?

Yoshitaka Nishino

March 10, 2022

This paper discusses ACT-A as a potential tool to ensure fair and equitable access to healthcare, through inclusive, democratic, and transparent decision making.

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 13 | The Significance and Challenges of Public-Private Partnership in Global Health Cooperation

Motoko Seko

March 10, 2022

This article examines the significance and challenges of public-private partnership in global health and explores multistakeholder relationships for effective global health cooperation in the post-COV…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 10 | Synergies between Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health Security

Haruka Sakamoto

February 14, 2022

This brief outlines the PPR and health systems that many countries considered to be the gold standard that they should be aiming for, and how they turned out to be completely powerless in the face of…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 9 | Global Health Administration and Maritime Transport: The Significance and Limitations of the World Health Organization System

Yurika Ishii

February 14, 2022

This policy brief examines the significance and limitations of the WHO system in the regulation of maritime transportation and indicates challenges for the future.

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 8 | Global Health Administration and Maritime Transport: Port State Authority and the Issue of Crew Change for Vessels in Port

Kentaro Nishimoto

February 4, 2022

This paper discusses how to create a better international system for maritime traffic based on the experiences gained in responding to COVID-19, given such events as the outbreak of COVID-19 infection…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 6 | A Review of Challenges and Options for International Sharing of Pathogens and Related Information in Pandemic Response

Makiko Matsuo

December 1, 2021

This policy brief addresses the issues and options of international frameworks on sharing of pathogens and GSD based on the review of existing literature and other sources.

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 5 | The Scope and Limitations of a Pandemic Treaty—The Roles of the IHR, Proposed Framework Convention, and Other International Mechanisms

Hideaki Shiroyama

November 30, 2021

This brief considers a wide range of options for international frameworks, from IHR revision to the adoption of a convention or other mechanism based on Article 19 of the WHO Constitution, or other mu…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 4 | COVID-19 as a National Crisis: How Can We Prepare for Future Multiple, Simultaneous Outbreaks?

Kayo Takuma

November 29, 2021

This article deciphers the question: why has it been so difficult to mount a cooperative response to COVID-19? Additionally, it discusses how we can prepare a robust response to the next crisis, and d…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post-COVID-19 Era Vol. 3 | Issues of UHC Strategy During and After the COVID-19 Era

Sayako Kanamori

October 7, 2021

This paper explores how we should view UHC both during and after the COVID-19 era, looking back at the changes in policy discourse on UHC, especially since the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit, and taking int…

Japan's Global Health Strategy in the Post–COVID-19 Era Vol. 2 | The Economic Impact of COVID-19 Countermeasures

Yusuke Tsugawa

August 10, 2021

This article summarizes the relationship between infectious disease countermeasures and the economy, and then discusses the current challenges that are being addressed scientifically.