With just 10 more years until the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) target year of 2030, there is a pressing need for Japan to increase the development impact of its global health assistance and make global health funding more strategic. This commission aims to reassess how to utilize Japan’s ODA in a more strategic manner to advance global health, adapt to structural shifts in the development field, and increase the efficacy and impact of its funding.
In 2018, JCIE’s Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security created a Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia. The group, comprised of 15 experts from industry, academia, and government, seeks to formulate recommendations on how Japan could improve access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Asia.
JCIE conducted a series of studies and exchanges to examine the lessons that Japanese NGOs can draw from the US experience to expand their capacity and better engage in partnerships. As part of this project, a delegation of Japanese NGO leaders visited Washington DC for meetings with NGO leaders, government officials, and policy experts, and a major conference was held at the National Diet of Japan to discuss ways to strengthen NGO capacity.
Japan and South Korea are facing rapid increases in immigration, leading to the development of more multicultural and multiethnic societies. In November 2017, JCIE began a two-year program aiming to facilitate the exchange of opinions on societal and governmental policy proposals to empower immigrants living in both countries.
JCIE/USA held a series of executive seminars for the US-Japan business community in New York. Drawing on our extensive network of experts from the political and scholarly communities, these lively discussions provided unique perspectives and an interactive environment for our invited guests. A new series of executive programs has subsequently been launched.
JCIE and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership undertook a study to explore how bilateral cooperation can be deepened in order to face common challenges, strengthen regional and global stability and prosperity, and, ultimately, make the US-Japan alliance more robust and versatile in light of wide-ranging developments that had begun to reshape Asia at the start of the 20th century.
JCIE conducted a study from 2009–2015 to explore how such nongovernmental initiatives can concretely contribute to regional security cooperation in East Asia.
In 2007, JCIE began research on “International Relations at the Local Level in Japan: Exploring Kyushu’s International Strategy.” The study focused on the relationship between Kyushu and its Asian neighbors in light of the proposed amalgamation of Japan’s prefectures through the introduction of a new “regional system.”
As host of the G7 Summit in 2016, Japan has the unique opportunity to set the tone for how global health priorities will be addressed in the summit agenda and help articulate how they will be formulated within the post-development framework. In order to capitalize on this opportunity and the growing momentum surrounding UHC as an increasingly important global priority, JCIE, in partnership with the University of Tokyo, has organized a Global Health Working Group (GHWG) to formulate policy proposals that will guide talks on global health.
The United States–Japan Advisory Commission was jointly established in May 1983 by then President Reagan and then Prime Minister Nakasone to review issues in the bilateral relationship from a long-term perspective and to make recommendations on the conduct of the relationship.