Roundtable with Bill Gates

April 21, 2006

On April 21, 2006, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, joined a small group of FGJF board members representing various sectors of Japanese society for a special briefing session on Japan’s response to the spread of the major communicable diseases. Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who chairs the FGFJ, welcomed Mr. Gates, and Hon. Ichiro Aisawa (director of the FGFJ Diet Task Force) Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka, and the other members outlined approaches being taken by the Japanese government, businesses, and civil society organizations. The discussion centered around ways to further increase Japan’s support for the Global Fund and raise public awareness about AIDS and other diseases