About FGFJ

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), is designed as a private support group for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which was established in January 2002 with a mandate to mobilize and allocate resources from around the world to fight three of the most devastating diseases threatening human lives and human security. The Global Fund is a private, Swiss-based foundation which raises funds from both governmental and nongovernmental sources, and it works with governments, UN organizations, NGOs, researchers, corporations, affected communities, and other partners to direct resources toward prevention, treatment, and care. Other private sector support groups have been established in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

The FGFJ works to support the Global Fund by creating an enabling environment for an effective response to fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in Japan. At the same time, it seeks to encourage Japan to expand its role in the battle against communicable diseases through activities such as FGFJ's multi-party Diet Task Force. Asia has been identified by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS as home to one of the fastest-spreading AIDS epidemics in the world. Given the concurrent growth in interconnectedness among East Asian countries, HIV/AIDS has become a rapidly escalating human security threat in the region. Regional cooperation should be promoted to fully address communicable diseases, and the FGFJ seeks to build cooperation between Japan and other East Asian countries in this shared struggle. The FGFJ is a special initiative of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE).

The FGFJ's main activities include the following:

  1. Advancing the understanding of the Global Fund within Japan by disseminating important materials on efforts to fight these three diseases. By doing so, the FGFJ aims to create an environment that will encourage greater collaboration between the Global Fund and relevant organizations and individuals in Japan.
  2. Raising awareness of communicable diseases and promoting multi-sector discussion about the global crisis posed by communicable diseases and Japan's international role in addressing the crisis.
  3. Encouraging cooperation between Japan and other East Asian countries in their shared fight against communicable diseases. The organization will conduct comparative studies and facilitate dialogue on the policy responses of countries in the region to the spread of the epidemic. In addition, it will encourage NGOs in Japan to form partnerships with organizations throughout the region with the shared mission of fighting communicable diseases.

The activities of the FGFJ are made possible by the generosity of private foundations, corporations, and other donors.

Last Updated September 2014

Ichiro Aisawa

Motohisa Furukawa

Akio Okawara

Tatsuo Higuchi

Katsumi Hirano

Christopher Hohman

Mitsuko Horiuchi

Masaki Inaba

Aikichi Iwamoto

Masahiro Kihara

Kiyoshi Kodera

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Yuzaburo Mogi

Ray Nishimoto

Shigeru Omi

Tadao Shimao

Tsuyoshi Takagi

Mutsuko Takahashi

Masayoshi Tarui

Koji Tsuruoka

Mitsuhiro Ushio

Yoshiro Mori

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP) (Co-Chair)

Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ) (Co-Chair)

President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (Director)

Executive Director, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Chief Senior Researcher, Area Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO)

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications Department, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

President, Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women; Former Special Regional Advisor on Gender Issues and Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Japan

Program Director for Global Health, Africa Japan Forum; Board Delegation Member, Developed Country NGO, the Global Fund (2004-2009)

Professor of Infectious Diseases, Advanced Clinical Research Center, Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo

Professor, Department of Global Health and Socio-epidemiology, Kyoto University School of Public Health

Vice-President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute; Academic Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation

Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd

President, Readjustment of Facilities for insured persons and beneficiaries Organization; Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization for the Western Pacific

Representative Director, Japanese Foundation for AIDS Prevention; Adviser, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association

President, The Foundation for Promoting Workers Welfare and Mutual Aid Insurance; Adviser, Japan Trade Union Confederation (RENGO)

Assistant General Secretary, Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO)

Professor Emeritus, Keio University; Vice President, Japan AIDS & Society Association

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Assistant Minister, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Former Prime Minister (Chair Emeritus)


Satoko Itoh

Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange (Assistant Director)

Board of Advisors

The operations of the FGFJ would not be possible without the generous contributions and support of the following private foundations and organizations:



Friends of the Global Fund, Japan
c/o Japan Center for International Exchange
Minami Azabu 4-9-17
Tokyo, Japan 106-0047

TEL: 81-3- 3446-7781
FAX: 81-3- 3443-7580
URL: http://www.jcie.or.jp/fgfj/
Email: fgfj@jcie.or.jp

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Founded in 1970, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks of policy dialogue and cooperation. JCIE undertakes a wide range of programs of policy research, international dialogue, and exchange related to the themes of globalization, governance, and civil society. It has been promoting policy studies and dialogues focused on human security issues since the late 1990s, particularly through a regular dialogue, Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow, which brings together leaders from throughout the region, and has been involved with HIV/AIDS initiatives in Japan since 1997.

Related JCIE Projects:

FGFJ Secretariat