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.

Japan’s Aid Agency Launches Support Body for Foreign Workers

“There are many points of view—from companies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. But if foreigners aren’t working, Japan can’t operate. That’s the reality.”  This insight and more from Toshihiro Menju of JCIE are featured in a Mainichi Shimbun article on Japan’s newly established nongovernmental body, the Japan Platform for Migrant Workers Towards Responsible and Inclusive Society […]

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.

Japan as a Champion of Human Security

By Tomoko Suzuki
For over a decade, Japan has been a vocal champion of the human security approach. This paper looks back to its genesis and how the human security approach persisted as a pillar of Japan’s foreign policy in spite of recent political turmoil characterized by rapid changes in leadership at the highest level of government.

Why Did Americans Donate $730 million to Wealthy Japan?

By Tom Paulson
A report by JCIE notes that Americans have given about $730 million to assist Japan in rebuilding and recovery from the 2011 tsunami. Many might be upset to learn that one rich nation donated so much to another rich nation when so many extremely poor countries and communities have bigger needs. Shouldn’t we have directed that money elsewhere?

Strong ASEAN-Japan Ties Important to Global Stability

Partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan must be enhanced far beyond economic means in anticipation of the ASEAN Community, set to be effective in 2015, when the region is expected to play a more determinant role in global security, say analysts.