About JIGH

JIGH is an independent, non-profit organization committed to promoting Japan’s role in global health and shaping healthcare policy and practice.

Our mission

We aim to enhance Japan’s international contribution and competitiveness in the health and medical fields by promoting activities to solve worldwide problems relating to healthcare and medicine. To achieve this, we will take an active role in shaping global health and medical solutions by:

1) Promoting international development projects in global health and medicine;
2) Undertaking projects relating to global health and medicine;
3) Promoting the use of innovation and technology in the field;
4) Enhancing links between Japan and international organizations and foundations;
5) Promoting projects in Japan and overseas;
6) Engaging in advocacy and educational activities in Japan and overseas;
7) Supporting project advocacy efforts, including community contributions by NGOs/NPOs, international organizations and foundations;
8) Any other projects related to or required for meeting our goals.

Overview of the organization

Name
Japan Institute for Global Health (JIGH)
Main office
3F Akasaka-Kurahashi Building, 6-14-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 107-0052
TEL:+81 (0)3 6426 5451
FAX:+81 (0)3 6426 5452
MAIL:info@jigh.org
Established
December 2012
President
Kenji Shibuya

Board of Directors

President

Kenji Shibuya, MD, PhD

Professor of the Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo

Dr. Shibuya is a professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine. He obtained his MD at the University of Tokyo in 1991 and started his career at Teikyo University‘s Ichihara Hospital in Chiba, Japan. He served as a research fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and worked in Cambodia and Rwanda. In 1999, Dr. Shibuya earned a doctorate of public health in international health economics at Harvard University. After teaching at Teikyo University in Tokyo, he joined the WHO’s Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy in 2001 and served as chief of the Health Statistics and Evidence Unit from 2005 until 2008. In this role, he regularly contributed to the World Health Reports and was responsible for World Health Statistics publications at the WHO. He has published widely on mortality, causes of death, burden of disease, risk factors, cost-effectiveness, priority settings, and health system performance assessment. He spearheaded the future strategic directions of the Japanese global health policy agenda after the Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit in 2008. Dr. Shibuya also led the Lancet Series on Japan, published in 2011, in an effort to jumpstart debate on Japanese domestic and global health policy reform. He also chaired JAPAN VISION: Health Care 2035 on behalf of the Health Minister Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki in 2015, to develop the vision for Japan's future health policy for the next 20 years. He is currently a core member of the Global Burden of Disease 2010, an advisory committee member for the WHO’s Health Statistics, and an organizing committee member for several Lancet series.

Fields of specialty: Global health policy, economics, population studies, statistics, epidemiology

Chief Operating Officer

Mayumi Sawada, MSc

Mayumi Sawada graduated from the Department of English Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She then completed a Chinese Language Program at the Peking University before obtaining her M.Sc. Management at the Imperial College London. After returning to Japan, she worked at a marketing agency as well as at Google Japan before joining to establish JIGH. Whilst working to build the organisation's infrastructure, she started up JIGH's global medical support service mediPhone in 2014, and is currently focusing to spread it as the core business of the institute.

Supervisor

Yasunobu Kumanishi

Legal Advisor

Masaki Sakaida