About HGPI History

Health and Global Policy Institute’s History

April 2004 Established as a Specified Non-Profit Corporation, the Tokyo Advanced Healthcare Policy Center
March 2005 Renamed as a Specified Non-Profit Corporation, Health Policy Institute Japan (later renamed in English, becoming Health and Global Policy Institute)
February 2006 “Public Survey on Healthcare in Japan” Implemented and “Health Policy Summit” Held
A nationwide survey was conducted to clarify the health policies the public truly needs. Based on the results of this survey, the first Health Policy Summit was held, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders. Both the results of the survey and the Health Policy Summit stirred great interest by catalyzing the first major multi-stakeholder discussion on critical health policy issues, with leaders drawing from every relevant sphere, including policymakers, healthcare providers, patients, industry executives and politicians from both ruling and opposition parties.
February 2008 Global Health Summit Held
Co-hosted with the World Bank, the Global Health Summit brought together global leaders, including former Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi. Held prior to two major global health events in Japan in 2008, the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the Global Health Summit was an opportunity to deepen debate about the leadership role Japan should take in the global health field.
May 2009 Cancer Policy Summit Held
The inaugural Cancer Policy Summit 2009 brought together national and prefectural legislators, local cancer control officials, and 37 patient-related committee members from the Prefectural Cancer Control Promotion Councils of 24 prefectures for a two-day conference. Best practices from across the country were shared amongst stakeholders, priority issues in cancer control in Japan were discussed, and various policy proposals were put forward. The Summit represented a significant step in the creation of opportunities for patient participation in health policy planning.
June 2009 Health Policy Forum Held
The Health Policy Forum was established as a council of 35 private sector experts who, in advance of the 2009 general election, compiled the paper, “Health Policy – 3 Key Issues for the Manifesto,” which was submitted to all political parties. The recommendations made included those on securing stable funding, focusing investment in acute care, establishing a self-sustaining system of medical specialists, and increasing transparency in the policymaking process.

January 2011 Officially accredited as an Authorized Non-Profit Organization
January 2012 Cancer Policy White Paper 2011: Gathering Data for Use in Advocacy Released
The findings of the Cancer Policy Survey were summarized and published in Cancer Policy White Paper 2011 (later renamed the Prefectural Cancer Control Scorecard). In an effort to strengthen cancer control in each prefecture through the strategic use of information, it both provided data for benchmarking and created a ranking system to promote improvement in key areas.
May 2013 “International Symposium 2013 – Keys to Economic Growth in Africa: Investing in Health” Held
Together with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), and as a side event of TICAD V, HGPI hosted a symposium on health and sustainable growth in Africa. Business leaders from Africa and Japan and representatives from international organizations were invited as speakers, and examples of public-private partnerships were discussed at length, providing new perspectives on the health sector in Africa.
August 2014 Forum “Three and half years after 3.11 – Protecting the health of the victims-” Held
After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, HGPI worked together with a U.S. medical support organization, Project HOPE, on healthcare support, including the deployment of health professionals and reconstruction efforts in Yamada-Machi in Iwate Prefecture. This forum enabled multi-stakeholder discussions on the development of a sustainable action plan to resolve issues related to healthcare support in the affected areas.
November 2014 “Taking Action on Dementia: Opportunities for Social Investment – Global Dementia Legacy Event Japan Private Sector Side Meeting” Held
Coinciding with the Japanese government-sponsored Global Dementia Legacy Event Japan, HGPI, together with the OECD, hosted a side meeting focused on private sector efforts to address dementia. Representatives from private companies shared their unique and innovative approaches to this issue, including initiatives in urban development, robotic technology, and door-to-door delivery services to watch over vulnerable populations. Participants from around the world gathered to exchange ideas on dementia and other aging issues, generating extensive media interest.
April 2015 “Health Policy Academy” Program Started
HGPI began offering a program entitled “Health Policy 101,” for people who would like to gain basic knowledge and learn the essentials of health policy. The program continues today, and draws participants from a variety of backgrounds such as doctors, nurses, administrative officials, journalists, and business persons.
April 2016 CSIS-HGPI Joint Event US-Japan Expert Meeting on AMR “Japan’s Role in Addressing Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)” Held
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and HGPI jointly convened this meeting, amidst the momentum following the Tokyo Meeting of Health Ministers on AMR in Asia. This meeting provided a platform for open, multi-stakeholder discussions on AMR-related policies with the active participation of experts from the private, public and academic sectors. A report was published proposing 14 recommendations that cover the 6 Goals of the National Action Plan on AMR developed by the Japanese Government. The recommendations included different aspects such as countermeasures, partnerships, and research and development (R&D).
July 2016 New Office Opened
HGPI moved to Otemachi, in order to inhabit a more functional office and use resources more effectively and efficiently.
April 2017 “Rebalancing Health Systems: Innovation and Sustainability” A Joint Global Expert Meeting convened by CSIS and HGPI Held
A variety of domestic and foreign experts and stakeholders discussed ways to balance the promotion of medical technology development and the sustainability of equitable and quality healthcare systems. The policy recommendations highlighted the importance of public involvement in the decision-making process, especially when evaluating the value of healthcare technology, including both the costs and public health benefits.
February 2018 First Diet Study Group on Dementia Held
The Diet Study Group on Dementia began regular nonpartisan study groups featuring lectures from experts in every field related to dementia. HGPI assisted in the initial planning of the study group and continues to provide administrative support.
March 2018 Survey on Health Promotion and Working Women Implemented
In 2016 and 2018, HGPI conducted surveys to identify the potential socio-economic impacts of improving women’s health. The results received attention from the media, academic societies, and a Budget Committee in the Diet, contributing to the reinforcement of policies related to women’s health.
May 2018 NCD Global Forum for Civil Society and Related Workshops and Expert Forums Begin
A series of four forums entitled the “NCD Global Forum for Civil Society” was kicked off in FY2018. Workshops and expert forums were also held as parts of this series. This forum series brought together people with NCDs and related parties with representatives from government, industry, academia, and civil society from Japan and overseas to hold discussions on the themes of diabetes, cancer, dementia, and stroke, heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases.
October 2018 HGPI and Keio University Launch Designing for Dementia, A Platform for Issuing Recommendations about Dementia
HGPI, Keio University’s Center for Wellbeing Research, issue+design, and the Dementia Friendship Club launched Designing for Dementia, a platform to accelerate the transition to a dementia-friendly future.
November 2018 AMR Alliance Japan Established
As awareness towards antimicrobial resistance (AMR) grows in Japan and abroad, HGPI has held multiple expert meetings on AMR since 2016. These meetings made it clear that an independent platform would be necessary to discuss AMR among multi-stakeholders and to provide a cooperative system to influence AMR policy. With the cooperation of eight domestic academic societies in the field of infectious diseases, AMR Alliance Japan was established by multi-stakeholders in November 2018 to improve public health by promoting AMR countermeasures.
March 2019 The FY2018 Elderly Healthcare Promotion Project
HGPI conducted a research report on the topic of creating dementia-friendly and age-friendly communities entitled “Research Survey on the Promotion of Age- and Dementia-Friendly Community-Building Based Upon Dementia Measures Abroad — Envisioning Japan’s Post-Diagnostic Dementia Support System and the Creation of Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Aimed at System Sustainability.”
June 2019 Rebalancing National Health Systems: Innovation and Sustainability
Starting in FY2016, HGPI has continuously held a series of expert meetings and opinion exchange sessions on the theme of balancing innovation and sustainability in national health systems. Based on discussions held in FY2018, HGPI composed an activity report that detailed perspectives and issues concerning what steps are required to balance innovation and sustainability in Japan’s health system moving forward.
July 2019 AMR Alliance Japan Presents Policy Proposal
AMR Alliance Japan unveiled “AMR Alliance Japan Policy Recommendations: The Japanese Government’s Role in Promoting AMR Countermeasures.” Three years have passed since the Japanese government released its “National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2016-2020.” AMR Alliance Japan hopes that its recommendations will provide strong guidance for future policies on this issue as Japan approaches the end of the term for that National Action Plan. Bold policies on AMR are urgently needed today to prevent the loss of countless lives in the future.
September 2019 2019 Public Survey on Healthcare in Japan Conducted
In 2019, HGPI conducted a nationwide opinion survey of 2,000 men and women age 20 and over. This annual survey has been conducted since HGPI’s founding to measure satisfaction levels towards healthcare and healthcare systems in Japan. The 2019 survey also examined public participation in healthcare policy, sustainability of the national health insurance system, and topics of particular public interest at the time such as high-cost pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccines.
October 2019 NCD Alliance Japan Website Relaunched
In January 2019, HGPI became a full member of the NCD Alliance, which includes approximately 170 countries around the world. To further promote comprehensive and cross-cutting NCD countermeasures, NCD Alliance Japan was relaunched in October 2019.