Launch of Japan's Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy

May 17, 2013
Japanese

    1. At the Ministerial Meeting on Strategy relating Infrastructure Export and Economic Cooperation that took place on May 17 at the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, proposed a Japan's Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy. Ministers agreed on the Strategy and confirmed that global health shall be positioned as a priority for Japan's diplomacy, and that relevant ministries and agencies as well as the private sector would work together to resolve global health issues, thereby further enhancing the trust placed by the international community in Japan.
    2. The Japan's Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy positions health as an indispensable field to embody the principle of human security. It highlights Japan's comparative advantage that is among the best in the world in terms of the health of its population and life expectancies, and promotes Universal Health Coverage through which all people of the world can receive basic health care services.
    3. Under this strategy, Japan will pursue such efforts as the effective implementation of bilateral assistance, strategic collaborations with global initiatives and partners, the enhancement of domestic capabilities and the fostering of human resources, and continued support toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. This strategy will be promoted in a complementary and integrated way with the international promotion of Japan's medical technologies and services, as being discussed at the Industrial Competitiveness Council and the Healthcare and Medical Strategy Council.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.