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Global Health and Human Security

Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit
2014—Present

As host country 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-2015 development framework. In order to capitalize on this opportunity and on the growing momentum surrounding universal health coverage (UHC) as an increasingly important global priority, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), in partnership with the University of Tokyo, has organized a Global Health Working Group (GHWG) to formulate policy proposals that will guide summit talks on global health and health security.

Japan, as the world's most rapidly aging society, is able to provide valuable lessons—good and bad—on the timing for introducing and reforming UHC systems that are sustainable through demographic transition and in various economic circumstances. At the global level, the recent Ebola outbreak raised questions about the effectiveness of current global health governance and has reminded the international community of the importance of health system strengthening.

Against such a backdrop, the GHWG has published its proposals to the G7 Summit in the May 21, 2016 issue of the Lancet, building on findings from previous research (the Lancet Special Series on Japan, and the Japan-World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage), as well as from seven study groups tasked with exploring the following key themes:

  1. Sustainability of UHC in the Context of Demographic Changes, Industrial Structure, and Epidemics
    Group 1 will propose actions in global health to the upcoming G7 Summit, synthesizing the findings of the other six groups—including lessons learned from Japan’s experience with UHC—to comprehensively assess the relevance of human security in the SDG era, the ability of UHC to contribute to human security, and health security concerns including pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance.

  2. Social and Economic Impact of UHC
    Group 2 will analyze the socioeconomic impact of policy measures implemented to achieve UHC. The group will identify key practical lessons that developing countries should take into account when designing and implementing UHC. Data from Japan's first 10 years sustaining its UHC system will help to analyze the impact of income redistribution on reducing inequality.

    Group 2 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF


  3. Three E's of UHC in Japan: Equity, Effectiveness, and Efficiency
    Group 3 will evaluate aspects of equity, effectiveness, and efficiency of service delivery in Japan that were not covered in the 2011 Lancet Special Series on Japan, including 1) the resilience of health systems to exogenous shocks such as the 2008 global financial crisis and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster on health-care delivery, 2) the efficacy of the primary health-care system, and 3) the integration of medical, nursing, and community-based care. These will be used to assess the prospects for sustaining UHC despite Japan's rapidly aging population.

    Group 3 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF


  4. Pragmatic Methods and Lessons Learned from Japan's Experience Sustaining UHC
    Group 4 will start by reviewing global frameworks that have guided the development of the UHC concept to date and examine the mechanisms and institutional capacity through which UHC functions at the policy level as well as its practical applications on the ground. Based on the findings developed by group 5, they will highlight the measures Japan is currently taking to adapt and sustain its UHC system.

    Group 4 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF


  5. Japan's New Directions in Global Health Cooperation
    In Group 5, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National Institute for Public Health (NIPH), and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) are collaborating on the launch of an operational framework for Japan's role in supporting UHC and global health within the post-2015 development agenda.

    Group 5 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF


  6. Challenges in Global Health Governance
    Based on lessons from the responses to the Ebola outbreak, group 6 will assess the global health governance landscape in order to identify major challenges that require new thinking and reform in the governance structure. Authors will analyze recent trends and propose areas of reform needed to respond to changing needs and priorities in global health and health security, with a focus on the role of Japan and the G7.

    Summary of Group 6 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF


  7. Better Mechanism for Global Health Innovation
    Despite a persistent need for innovation in dealing with infectious disease, pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to develop new products low in financial incentive. Most of the funding for new drugs and products comes from governments, with the G7 countries accounting for over 80%. Group 7 will identify the current inefficiencies in the funding ecosystem among G7 states and propose a mechanism that could provide information on the global portfolio in a timely manner to each independent funder. By doing so, it aims to improve the prioritization of investments through the identification of pipeline gaps and better-informed funder decision-making.

    Group 7 paper presented at the Roundtable Discussion by the Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit (GHWG), December 17, 2015, Tokyo, Japan PDF




Program Activities:




Global Health Working Group Members:

Keizo Takemi Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Member, House of Councillors [Chair]
Kenji Shibuya Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo [Director]
Hideki Hashimoto Professor, Department of Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Tokyo [Deputy Director]
Hidechika Akashi Director, Bureau of International Medical Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM)
Reiko Hayashi Director of International Research and Cooperation, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
Toshiaki Iizuka Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo
Yasushi Katsuma Dean, International Studies Program, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS); Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Toshiro Kumakawa Chief Researcher, Department of Health and Welfare Services, National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Japan
Chiaki Miyoshi Director, Bureau of International Medical Cooperation, NCGM
Haruko Noguchi Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University
Takashi Oshio Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
Hideaki Shiroyama Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy; Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
BT Slingsby Executive Director and CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT)
Tomohiko Sugishita Senior Adviser, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Hideo Yasunaga Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Economics, School of Public Health, University of Tokyo

Satoko Horii Senior Researcher, Department of International Health and Collaboration, NIPH, Japan
Sayako Kanamori Director Research/Chief Health Officer, Japan Institute for Global Health (JIGH)
Kei Katsuno Director, Investment Strategy & Development, GHIT
Naoki Kondo Associate Professor, Department of Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Tokyo
Shunsuke Mabuchi Health Specialist, World Bank Group
Makiko Matsuo Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy / Policy Alternative Research Institute, University of Tokyo
Yuki Murakami Health Economist; Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Tomoko Ono Assistant Director, Health Division 4, Health Group 2, Human Development Department, JICA
Chiaki Sato Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Aoyama Gakuin University
Ikuo Takizawa Deputy Director General, Group Director for Health 1, Human Development Department, JICA
Bumpei Tamamura Director, Branding Development, GHIT
Kayo Yasuda Associate Professor, Faculty of Urban Liberal Arts, School of Law and Politics, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Young bureaucrats from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Cooperating organizations:

Government of Japan (Cabinet Office; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Ministry of Finance)
Japan International Cooperation Agency, National Institute of Public Health, National Center for Global Health and Medicine