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.
January 2016 Survey on Health Promotion and Working Women Implemented
We conducted a survey to identify the potential socio-economic impacts of improving women’s health. The results of the study were captured in the media and a Budget Committee in the Diet, contributing to the reinforcement of policies related to women’s health.
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.
November 2016
to March 2018
Initiative for the Advancement of Dementia Research and Social System Innovation through Global Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Implemented
HGPI conducted research to develop best practice PPP models that use not only public, but also private funds, in order to promote dementia research effectively and efficiently, while also considering diverse needs and the possibility of international collaboration (funded by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)).
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.
July 2017 2nd AMR Global Expert Meeting “Post G7 Ise-Shima Summit: Reflecting upon Japan’s National Action Plan and Addressing Next Steps for Global Antimicrobial Resistance” Held
Experts discussed the issues related to AMR policies, including challenges, industry-government-academia cooperation, and the role that should be played by Japan. There were more than 100 guests, including domestic and international experts from the public and private sector, NPOs, and members of academia. Policy recommendations were published, touching on the history of the G7, and emphasized the importance of collaborations between Japan, the United States, and the international community in order to further enhance AMR countermeasures.
October 2017 2nd Global Expert Meeting of the “Rebalancing National Health Systems: Innovation and Sustainability” Series – “The Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Japan” Held
The 2nd meeting of this series focused on the status of HTA implementation and the reinforcement of insurer functionality, in order to explore the establishment of a sustainable healthcare system. A round table discussion was held with various experts including healthcare professionals, private sector officials, academics, ministry officials and civic representatives in the relevant area, both in Japan and abroad.
November 2017 3rd AMR Global Expert Meeting “Side Event at the Tokyo AMR One-Health Conference – Measures Should Be Taken to Achieve Action Plan-” Held
This meeting was held in order to continue the momentum from the previous meetings and to proceed with the development of more specific policies. The experts discussed solutions for AMR that require prompt countermeasures, partnerships, and R&D, with a focus on the promotion of speedy and accurate diagnostics, incentives for the development of new antibacterial drugs, and the global contribution to be made by Japan.