Japan’s International Contribution through Innovation in the Field of International Health

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Monday, November 16th, 2015

Monday, November 16, 201512:00PM - 2:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
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JAPAN NOW Lecture Series


While developments in innovation bring about major changes to our daily life, issues such as the spread of infectious diseases as well as malnutrition and poverty in developing countries remain unresolved. As a result, the gap between developed and developing countries continues to widen. The same could have been said for post-war Japan when infectious diseases were quite widespread in the country. Japan overcame these challenges collectively through its efforts in research and development, and innovative reforms including its social system. Based on its past experience, Japan has been making tremendous contributions toward the amelioration of global public health and the eradication of infectious diseases. In 2013, the Government of Japan and five Japanese pharmaceutical companies formally inaugurated a public-private partnership named Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) aimed at enhancing Japan’s contributions in the field of international health by exercising its innovative capabilities. Dr. Kurokawa, Board Chairman of the GHIT Fund, will discuss how globalization and innovation impact society in both positive and negative ways. He is also going to look at how countries such as Japan and Canada that lead the world in innovation should actively collaborate on international health through innovation.

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo; Professor of Medicine at UCLA (1979–84), University of Tokyo (1989–96), and Dean Tokai University Medical School (1996–2002); President of the Science Council of Japan (2003–06), and Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan (2006–08). He served as an executive member of many national and international professional societies of his disciplines, including Commissioner of WHO (2005–09), Institute of Medicine of National Academies of Sciences of USA, Master of American College of Physicians, and Founding Governor of ACP Japan Chapter. He served as a board member of Alexandria Library (Egypt), A*STAR (Singapore), Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi), OIST (Okinawa), and on the Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was appointed as a member of the World Dementia Council by the UK Government in April, 2014, and as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015. Dr. Kurokawa was Chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan (NAIIC; 2011.12–2012.7) and received the 2012 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award of AAAS. He was listed among the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012 by Foreign Policy for his leadership in NAIIC. 

The JAPAN NOW Lecture Series is presented jointly by the Asian Institute and the Consulate General of Japan


Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; Board Chairman, GHIT Fund

Prof. Joseph Wong
Interim Director, Asian Institute; Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation; Professor and Canada Research Chair, Political Science


Asian Institute

Consulate General of Japan in Toronto


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