Book Launch Symposium | Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

November 10, 2014
The Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage has concluded its multi-country study and shared its findings at a public symposium in Tokyo on November 10, 2014. The symposium covered key findings from the 11 country case studies (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam) and convened principal researchers from the Japan study as well as key stakeholders from various sectors to discuss Japan’s role in promoting UHC abroad.
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What is Universal Health Coverage?

According to the World Health Organization, the goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that all people are able to obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.

Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies
Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan
Opening Remarks

Nobuhide Minorikawa, State Minister of Finance

Keizo Takemi, Co-Chair, Coordination Committee, Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on UHC; Senior Fellow, JCIE

Moderator: Akio Okawara, President & CEO, JCIE

A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies: Possible Paths to Adopt, Achieve, and Sustain UHC


■ Overview of Synthesis Report

Akiko Maeda, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group [Moderator]

■ Political Economy of UHC Policies

Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health


Kiyoshi Kodera, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Kenji Shibuya, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo

Sumie Ishii, Managing Director, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)

Q & A

Lessons from Japan: What Can Japan Contribute to Promoting UHC Globally?


■ What Japan Can Share from Its Experiences

Naoki Ikegami, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Keio School of Medicine [Moderator]

■ Macro Process of Health Policy Making

John Campbell, Project Researcher, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Michigan

■ The Japanese Social Health Insurance Program Viewed from a Macroeconomic Perspective—The Fiscal Context and Systemic Disparities

Shuzo Nishimura, Director, Institute for Health Economics and Policy

■ What Lessons from Japan Are Relevant for Other Countries: Thai Perspectives

Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Adviser to the Health Minister on Global Health, Thailand


Kenji Shimazaki, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Koji Fujimoto, Deputy Director, Office for Healthcare and Medical Strategy, Cabinet Office

Osamu Utsunomiya, Director-General, Bureau of International Medical Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Toshiro Kumakawa, Director, Department of Health and Welfare Services, National Institute of Public Health, Japan

Q & A

Closing Remarks

Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative to Japan, World Bank Group


Welcome Remarks: Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare