Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)

2004–Present

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), is a special initiative founded and operated by JCIE to strengthen support in Japan for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a major international funding mechanism for fighting communicable diseases. Japan played a key role in the Global Fund’s initial conception, serving as the host of the 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit, where world leaders first agreed to establish a multilateral fund to mobilize resources from around the world to fight three of the most devastating diseases. Since the Global Fund was launched in 2002, Japan has been one of its top donors. FGFJ works to create an enabling environment in Japan for an effective response to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. It helps the Japanese government, private sector, and civil society contribute to the battle against these diseases, and it educates Japanese leaders about global health challenges, including through its multisectoral advisory board and its sponsorship of a legislators’ group, the FGFJ Diet Task Force. It also deepens international cooperation involving Japan and other countries to respond more effectively to these deadly diseases.
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Health Minister of Malawi Speaks to FGFJ's Diet Task Force on Climate and Health

April 20, 2024 | Tokyo, Japan

On April 18, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) held its 38th Diet Task Force meeting, which featured a discussion with H.E. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, the Minister of Health of Malawi. The meet…


JCIE Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)

March 22, 2024 |

JCIE is delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) initiative, which encourages multisectoral collaboration and support for the work of the Global Fund…


FGFJ Participates in the Tokyo Premiere of "The Inheritance"

February 14, 2024 | Tokyo, Japan

©Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (TMT) Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) supported the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (TMT)…


FGFJ Reflects on 40 Years of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic for World AIDS Day 2023

November 30, 2023 | Tokyo, Japan

2023 marks 40 years since the discovery of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Over the last four decades, AIDS has spread throughout the world and remains a pandemic to this day.Friends of the Global Fu…


Dr. Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, recipients of the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, meet with FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board

November 30, 2023 | Tokyo

For World AIDS Day 2023, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) invited Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim and Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim from Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South…


FGFJ Event on "Inclusive Health Systems" on the Sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly

September 19, 2023 | New York City & Online

Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), Friends of the Global Fight (US), Friends of the Global Fund, Europe, and Fund for the Global Fund held an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly…


FGFJ Arranges Global Fund Director Peter Sands Visit to Japan ahead of the G7 Summit

March 17, 2023 | Tokyo

The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), Peter Sands, visited Japan on March 1-2, 2023, and FGFJ helped arrange meetings with global health…


FGFJ Seminar | Game Changers—Japanese Innovations in Combatting Infectious Diseases

March 1, 2023 | Tokyo & Online

The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), in collaboration with the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), will held a public seminar, “Game Changers: Japanese Innovation in Combatt…

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Friends of the Global Fund Organize “Global Fund’s Reach in Fragile, Crisis Settings” Event on the Sidelines of the 7th Replenishment

September 18, 2022 | New York City, New York

On the sidelines of the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference, an event co-hosted by Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (a JCIE initiative) was held, focusing on the Global Fund’s reach in fra…


Kishida Shows Leadership at TICAD on Global Health and Security

Kazuyo Kato

August 28, 2022 |

This piece by JCIE/USA Executive Director Kazuyo Kato highlights the significant of Japan’s recent pledge to the Global Fund, made at TICAD8.


Japan and America Can Restore a Healthy World Order

Mark Lagon and James Gannon

August 25, 2022 |

This piece by JCIE Senior Fellow Jim Gannon and Friends of the Global Fight Chief Policy Officer Mark Lagon highlights the history of US-Japan collaboration on health, and how the two countries can co…


FGFJ Diet Task Force Members Submit Letter Asking Japanese Government for Strong Pledge to the Global Fund

August 3, 2022 | Online

Summary of a meeting between members of the FGFJ Diet Task Force and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to submit a letter requesting Japan’s contribution to the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment.


FGFJ Survey | Attitudes on Japan’s International Cooperation for Infectious Diseases

May 12, 2022 | Online

Summary of an online survey conducted by FGFJ on the Japanese general public’s understanding of infectious diseases as well as their awareness of infectious diseases in developing countries and Japan’…


Friends of the Global Fund Joint Webinar Series: “The Global Fund in the COVID-19 Era: Supporting the Vital Role of Community Health Workers”

April 28, 2022 |

On April 27, 2022, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) hosted the third webinar in a three-part series on the “Global Fund in the COVID-19 era,” in partnership with Friends of the Global Fight (U…


Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands Visits Japan for the First Time in Over Two Years

April 22, 2022 |

After a two-year absence due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Sands, the executive director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), paid a visit to Japan o…


Visit Niger, Indonesia and Malawi in a New Documentary on the Global Fund’s Impact

March 24, 2022 |

The “Friends of the Global Fund” network—organizations that work to deepen the understanding of and expand the support base for the Global Fund in Europe, the United States, and Japan—has come togethe…


FGFJ YouTube Lecture Series: "The World Beyond COVID-19"

March 18, 2022 |

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, society has become widely aware of the risks posed by the virus and ways to mitigate them, including by wearing PPE, social distancing, and quarantining. However,…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series: Leaving No One Behind—The Importance of Including People Living with HIV, Sex Workers, and Transgender People in the SDGs

December 1, 2021 |

The latest installment of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders–Our Story” interview series features Ms. Yuki Takemoto, Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan at the United Nations Joint Pro…


Global Fund’s Dr. Osamu Kunii Addresses the FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board in Joint Meeting

October 20, 2021 | Online

In September 2021, FGFJ organized a series of online and in-person meetings for Dr. Osamu (Sam) Kunii, Head of the Strategy, Investment and Impact for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and M…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series: Running Out of Oxygen & Having to Turn Away Patients – A TB Doctor Combating COVID-19 in Indonesia

October 6, 2021 |

The latest installment of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders–Our Story” interview series features Dr. Erlina Burhan, who has been at the forefront of the fight against tuberculosis (TB) for more…


FGFJ Publications | Launching a Pandemic Financing Facility: Three Proposals & Their Implications for the Global Fund

August 2021 |

This Friends of the Global Fund, Japan publication documents proposed reforms to financing facilities for the Global Fund, with JCIE Senior Fellow Jim discussing the significance of these proposals fo…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Protecting Human Rights in the Fight Against COVID-19 – Learning from Experiences in Fighting HIV & TB

July 30, 2021 |

This interview features Jeffry Acaba, who began working on HIV prevention initiatives when he was a university student in the Philippines. In it, he gives valuable insight on how we can apply the expe…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | 20 Years of HIV Prevention in Shinjuku’s Ni-Chome District—The Power of Community Outreach & Mobilization

June 11, 2021 |

This interview features Kohta Iwahashi, president of akta, a nonprofit that provides information on HIV prevention for sexual minorities. In it, he dives into akta’s community-based activities and how…


JCIE’s Noriyuki Ishiyama Ran in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay!

May 1, 2021 |

Noriyuki Ishiyama of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) / Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) was selected as a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and ran in the Torch Relay…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Rising from a Grim HIV Prognosis to Stand Up for Young Women/Girls in Kenya and Join an Olympic Torch Relay Team

May 5, 2021 |

In this latest issue of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders: Our Story” series, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) and Asahi GLOBE+ are pleased to feature Maurine Murenga, a woman from Keny…


The 32nd Diet Task Force Meeting Dives into the Global Fund’s Role in the ACT-Accelerator

April 30, 2021 | Online

FGFJ’s 32nd Diet Task Force meeting featured Peter Sands, the executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), as a guest speaker. He spoke to more than 30…


The Biden-Suga Summit: Cooperation to Enhance Support for the ACT Accelerator

April 26, 2021 | Washington DC

On April 16, 2021 President Joseph Biden of the United States and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan held a meeting in Washington DC. The two exchanged opinions on important issues between the Uni…