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

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 effort —and later the global effort—to battle the disease. This interview series is a collaboration between the Friends of the Global Fund Japan (FGFJ) and Asahi GLOBE+.

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

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 journey from patient to doctor and advocate for healthcare workers.

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

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 intersex people on the international stage. It features her life, learning, and message to all of us in the COVID age.

Japan’s Friendship with the US Remains Unshakable

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

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 Washington” podcast.

Global Health Needs US-Japan Partnership

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, pointing out key areas where cooperation is needed.

In Japan, these Single Moms and Shrinking Cities are Trying a New Start – Together

Susie Armitage writes on the relationship between Japan’s single moms, who face many challenges in Japan’s work culture, and the underpopulated areas that are developing programs to promote relocation.

Older People, Got A Pandemic Problem? A Club To Help You Figure It Out — Yourself

This NPR article features HelpAge International in Vietnam’s Intergenerational Self-Help Club model, which was the recipient of the 1st Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation. They received the Grand Prize in the Community-Based Innovation category.

Japan May Allow Immigration of Hong Kong Financial Sector, Specialized Workers

Article on Japan potentially allowing immigration of Hong Kong financial sector workers. Features quotes from Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at JCIE

End of an Era: Yamamoto, Top ‘America Hand’ Dies at 76

Tadashi Yamamoto, who brushed shoulders with everyone from Henry A. Kissinger to David Rockefeller as he worked to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Japan, died Sunday at the age of 76. He was a leading member of the generation of “wise men” who rose to prominence, working to maintain friendly relations between the two allies during periods of trade tension.