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.

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.

FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interviews, Vol.2: 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+ Interviews, Vol.1: 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.

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.

Health and Human Security

By Susan Hubbard and Keiko Watanabe
The 1994 Human Development Report introduced the idea of human security to the world stage. Since then, several countries—most notably Canada and Japan—have made attempts to integrate the concept into the international policy architecture.

Nation Marks Second Year Since Calamity

From Japan Times
Memorial and prayer services were held across Japan on Monday, which marked the second anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku’s coastline and left some 19,000 people dead or missing amid the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.