Health professional meeting reemphasizes on UHC

The World Medical Association (WMA) and the Japan Medical Association (JMA) jointly adopted the Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Tokyo Declaration reemphasizes Japan's commitment to the promotion of universal coverage and dramatically improved public health and medical standards.

WMA and JMA welcomed health and finance ministers to the meeting. They are expected to lobby again for UHC promotion during the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit.

News article - MIX Online (in Japanese)

News article - (in Japanese)

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Japan announces emergency grant assistance for Iran

The government of Japan announced an emergency relief grant of US$ 2 million in response to flood damage in Iran.

This assistance will support hygiene, education, child protection, and essential health interventions in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Press release - MOFA

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Japan announces grant assistance for Venezuelan refugees

The government of Japan has announced ¥ 417 million (US$4 million) in grant assistance to support Venezuelan refugees and immigrants in Brazil. The funding will go towards providing basic healthcare services and information, and towards protection from further violence, abuse, and exploitation.

Press release - Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)


Coalition of pharmaceutical organizations give joint statement to Japan's Abe supporting universal health coverage

Japanese, American, and European pharmaceutical organizations, together with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Organizations, announced that the pharmaceutical industry will support the realization of universal health coverage in a joint statement to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

Abe will host the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019: a chance for Japan to cement its status as a standard-bearer in the fields of health, medical care, prevention and preemptive medicine. There is a particular focus on in the field of universal health coverage, innovation, and health data.

Press release – Statement to the prime minister

News article- MIX online (in Japanese)

Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda announces ¥1 billion (US$9.2 million) for the Global Fund

Takeda Pharmaceutical announced its renewed financial commitment to the Global Fund with a ¥1 billion (US$9.2 million) contribution. Takeda is also the first private sector company to invest in the Global Fund's sixth replenishment cycle.

The investment is intended to fund the improvement of maternal and child health by integrating quality HIV, TB, and malaria treatment services in antenatal and postnatal care in several priority countries in Africa.

Press release - Global Fund

Press release - Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

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Japan provides ¥133 billion (US$1.2 million) loan to support Bangladeshi transportation and infrastructure

Japan pledged to contribute ¥133 billion (US$1.2 million) in support of Bangladesh's infrastructure for a wide range of transportation projects and the introduction of energy-efficient machinery.

Among other projects, the loan will go towards multipurpose commercial port construction, urban high-speed rail construction, special economic zone development.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)


G20 finance and health ministers to collaborate to promote UHC

With the goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in all countries and establishing a sustainable health finance system, the government of Japan will host a group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Health Ministers' Joint Meeting as an official side event to the G20 Osaka Summit, to held on June 28-29, 2019.

Press release - Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (in Japanese)

News article - Japan Times

2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

T20 advocates to focus on Agenda 2030 at Tokyo Summit, among other areas

The Think 20 (T20) published its policy briefs to advocate on the agenda of the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit and will hold a T20 Summit 2019, from May 26 to 27, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.

The policy briefs focus on ten policy areas:

  1. Task Force 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. Task Force 2: International financial architecture for stability and development, crypto-assets and fintech
  3. Task Force 3: Climate change and the environment
  4. Task Force 4: Economic effects of infrastructure investment and its financing
  5. Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa
  6. Task Force 6: Social cohesion, global governance, and the future of politics
  7. Task Force 7: The future of work and education for the digital age
  8. Task Force 8: Trade, investment, and globalization
  9. Task Force 9: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and the impact of development of financial technology
  10. Task Force 10: Aging population and its impact on the economy and immigration policy

Policy Briefs - T20 JAPAN 2019

Official website - T20 JAPAN 2019

Former Japanese health minister launches action plan for tackling NTDs

The ruling coalition party of Japan has launched an action plan called 'Eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)'. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, former health and labour minister of Japan, will be the first chairperson to push this urgent agenda forward.

This league will focus on four key areas:

  1. Governments, private sectors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic societies working together to eradicate NTDs 
  2. Private sector and academic societies promoting research on NTDs
  3. Promoting awareness of the importance of NTDs
  4. Aiming to further expand and promote the network of stakeholders focused on NTDs

News article - MEDIFAX web (in Japanese)

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