The Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security is a unique public-private platform that facilitates the Japanese government’s policymaking on global health and public-private collaboration in that field. Under the chairmanship of Professor Keizo Takemi, the committee holds quarterly meetings to provide a venue for unofficial exchanges of views and information sharing among government ministries, academia, private companies, and civil society organizations in Japan. Global health experts from Japan and overseas are invited to speak at the meetings to offer their knowledge and advice.

The committee was initially launched in 2007 as the Working Group on Challenges in Global Health and Japan’s Contributions to prepare policy recommendations for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit the following year. The committee is an integral part of the Global Health and Human Security Program of JCIE, which manages all aspects of the committee’s work.


In addition to its regular meetings, the following is a select list of some of the working groups and task forces established under the Executive Committee’s auspices:


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…

GFF Seminar Series | 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…

GFF Seminar Series | Introducing the Global 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…

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Achieving the SDGs in Maternal and Child Health—The Global Financing Facility and Japan

August 28, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

JCIE held its 4th Global Health Diet Roundtable on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), convening six up-and-coming leaders of the Japanese Diet for…

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)―The Japanese Expertise Needed Now

June 11, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

The 3rd Global Health Diet Roundtable was held in cooperation with the Japan Alliance on Global NTDs (JAGntd) and SDGs Promise Japan, and focused on the topic of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).


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…

JCIE Publications | Hopes and Challenges for the Global Financing Facility: Toward the Realization of the SDGs

Prepared by Shiori Nagatani, Tomoko Yoshida, Tomoko Suzuki, and James Gannon


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

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


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


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…

Protecting Human Security: Proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan

Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit

May 21, 2016

In this article in the prestigious Lancet, the Japan Global Working Group offers comprehensive policy recommendations on three areas for global health action by the G7 countries to enhance human secur…

Health, Resilience, and Human Security: Moving Toward Health for All

Marcelo Korc, Susan Hubbard, Tomoko Suzuki, and Masamine Jimba


This report identifies seven principles of human security and key features of successful human security approaches, in order to explain to health and development field experts what a human security ap…

Lessons from Japan's T-Shaped Approach to TB

Interview with Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors of Japan

December 15, 2015

An interview with JCIE Senior Fellow Keizo Takemi (Member, House of Councillors) investigates the effectiveness of a “T-shaped” approach to global health by examining Japan’s use of this method in dea…

Are Disease-Specific Approaches Compatible with the Goal of Achieving Universal Health Coverage?

Maya Wedemeyer, JCIE/USA

December 14, 2015

In a world with finite resources, it is difficult to prioritize between focused, disease-specific intervention programs and programs to build the systemic foundations for access to a basic package of…

Viewing UHC through a Human Security Lens

Marcelo Korc and Susan Hubbard

December 13, 2015

As the international community enters a new era of development with the official launching of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015’s UHC Day is particularly significant given the emphasis…



Keizo Takemi

Member, House of Councillors; Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)


Akio Okawara

President and CEO, JCIE


Ichiro Aisawa

Member, House of Representatives

Katsunobu Kato

Member, House of Representatives

Yasuhisa Shiozaki

Member, House of Representatives

Norihisa Tamura

Member, House of Representatives


Yasuhiro Fujiwara

Chief Executive, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)

Yasumasa Fukushima

Medical Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Motohisa Furukawa

Member, House of Representatives

Noriko Furuya

Member, House of Representatives

Sho Hashimoto

Executive Board Member, Japan Medical Association

Haruhiko Hirate

President, Hirate & Associates

Naoki Ikegami

Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, St. Luke’s International University

Masaki Inaba 

Representative, Japan CSO Network on Global Health; Policy Advisor, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan)

Sumie Ishii 

Chairperson, JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning)

Hiroto Izumi

Special Advisor to Prime Minister

Masamine Jimba

Professor, Department of Community and Global Health, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo

Yasushi Katsuma

Professor, International Studies Program, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS); Head of Global Health Affairs & Governance Group, Institute for Global Health Policy (iGHP), the National Center for Global Health & Medicine (NCGM)

Kiyoshi Kodera

Chair of the Board, Water Aid Japan

Norihiro Kokudo

President, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Tatsuya Kondo

President, Medical Excellence JAPAN (MEJ); Honorary Chief Executive, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute

Kenichi Matsumoto

Chairperson, The Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations

Asahiko Mihara

Member, House of Representatives

Atsushi Mimura

Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Masanori Miyazaki

President, National Institute of Public Health

Nobuyuki Morishima

Vice President and Representative Director, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.

Yoshinori Murata

Director-General, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Haruo Naito

President and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd.; Vice President, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

Yasuhide Nakamura

Professor, School of Nursing, Konan Women’s University; President, WHO Association of Japan

Hiroki Nakatani

Project Professor, Senior Researcher, Keio Global Research Institute (KGRI), Keio University

Catherine Kaseri Ohura

Executive Director and CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT)

Takako Ohyabu

Chief Global Corporate Affairs Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

Shigeru Omi

President, Japan Community Healthcare Organization (JCHO); Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization for Western Pacific Region

Keiichi Ono

Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Yohei Sasakawa

Chairman, Nippon Foundation

Atsushi Seike

President, Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan; Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs, Keio University

Johtaro Seki

President, International Total Engineering Corporation (ITEC)

Yukio Takasu

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management

Isao Teshirogi

President and CEO, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.

Nobuko Kayashima

Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Akira Yasui

Councillor, Director-General, Office for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response, Coordination Office of Measures on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Cabinet Secretariat

Kenji Yasukawa

President and CEO, Astellas Pharma Inc. 


as of October 2020


The Executive Committee was founded by and is organized by JCIE with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.