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Third US-Japan Global Health Dialogue

Washington DC, September 28, 2018

The 3rd US-Japan Global Health Dialogue brought together nearly 50 senior government officials, legislators, health experts and leaders from international organizations to discuss what they can do together to advance health security around the world. This closed meeting was convened by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and JCIE and the NAM’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Japan’s Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Katsunobu Kato and US Secretary of Health & Human Services Alex Azar opened the meeting by speaking about the importance of deepening US-Japan cooperation on global health and discussing the long history of bilateral cooperation in the field. Participants then discussed international financing mechanisms for global health security, global pandemic preparedness, and the potential for cooperation on for biorisk and health emergencies. They also shared lessons from Japanese and American domestic experiences with building effective health systems, population health, and approaches for an aging population. The meeting wrapped up with a dinner discussion of the possible global health agenda for the 2019 G20 meetings that Japan will host.