The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), was established as a special initiative of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) in 2004. Prior to its establishment, Japan was contributing an average of around US$80 million to the Global Fund every year. But with increased and focused advocacy in Japan, annual contributions quickly increased, reaching as high as US$343 million in 2012.
In all of its activities, FGFJ emphasizes how critical the global fight against communicable diseases is for Japan’s national security and economic interests, as well as for the wellbeing of its citizens and allies. Its work draws heavily on JCIE’s long history of convening leaders across sectors and across national borders to develop joint responses to some of the world’s most pressing and cutting-edge challenges. The model that JCIE and FGFJ use in all of their activities is one based on partnership, inclusivity, respect, and shared interests.
Since its establishment, FGFJ has convened international conferences, roundtables, seminars, and study sessions on topics related to communicable diseases and the role of the Global Fund; organized awareness-raising events in Japan with the Global Fund and other partners; conducted research and dialogue projects on the state of communicable diseases in Asia, as well as on various types of responses to their spread; taken politicians, journalists, and other influential leaders on site visits to activities supported by the Global Fund; and publicized key messages about communicable diseases and the role of the Global Fund in fighting them.