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Japan's Response to the Spread of HIV/AIDS
 

Japan's ResponseThis survey report, commissioned by the Open Society Institute (OSI), represents one of the first publications in English on how various actors in the public and private sectors in Japan have been addressing the domestic and global spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There are an estimated 20,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Japan as of 2003. With prevalence still relatively low, HIV/AIDS generally has been viewed in Japan as a disease that only affects farway countries. Statistics reveal, however, that the number of newly reported HIV infections and AIDS diagnoses continues to climb steadily, making Japan an exception among high-income countries. Currently, HIV/AIDS issues are not yet part of Japan's mainstream policy agenda, but the rising statistics highlight the need to place higher priority on addressing the epidemic both as a domestic and international policy issue. The report outlines the current situation in Japan with the aim of directing greater attention from Japanese political, business, media, and civil society leaders toward this issue. (Download report in pdf format. [500k])

Chapters

Preface
Executive Summary
I. Present State and Future Trends in the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Japan
The State of the Epidemic
Populations Vulnerable to HIV-Infection
Impact of the HIV-Tainted Blood Scandal
Public Perception of HIV/AIDS
Future Perspectives
II. Japanese Government Policies on HIV/AIDS
Domestic Policies on HIV/AIDS
  • Role of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Existing Framework for Fighting HIV/AIDS
Foreign Policy Initiatives on HIV/AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS in Foreign Policies
  • Priority of HIV/AIDS Relative to Other Infectious Diseases
  • Regional Policies and HIV/AIDS
  • Projects Under the Okinawa Infectious Diseases Initiative (IDI)
  • Joint Collaboration on HIV Vaccine Development
III. Non-Governmental Actors in the Fight Against AIDS
Civil Society Involvement
  • NGOs Working on HIV/AIDS Issues
  • Private Foundations
Role of the Media
  • Mass Media
  • Documentary Photography
Corporate Attitudes Towards HIV/AIDS
  • Workplace Management of HIV/AIDS
  • Corporate Philanthropy and Awareness-Raising Programs
  • Labor Unions
Bibliography
List of Key Informants
Appendices

Copyright © 2004 Japan Center for International Exchange

ISBN 4-88907-075-3; 78 pages; paper

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