On February 29, 2008, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Japan’s contribution of US$184 million to the Global Fund. Over the past several years, Japan’s financial commitment to the Global Fund has increased dramatically, growing from US$100 million in 2005 and US$130 million in 2006. This year’s contribution fulfills a multiyear pledge of US$500 million that then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced at a symposium of the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) in Tokyo on June 30, 2005.
Japan has contributed approximately US$850 million to the Global Fund since its creation in 2002. MOFA announced that this year’s commitment reflects Japan’s high esteem for the work of the Global Fund, expressing Japan’s intention to continue supporting the Global Fund’s activities to address the global challenge of communicable disease. As the Chair at the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000 and current FGFJ Chair, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori commented, “I am delighted to see our country continue to support the critical work of the Global Fund, even as many other important global challenges vie for limited resources. The people of Japan should be proud of this contribution that they are making to the world, implementing their responsibilities as Japanese citizens. However, it is very regrettable that Japan has fallen to 6th place among the G7 donors to the Global Fund in light of the fact that Japan was the host country of the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit that led to the creation of the Global Fund. I sincerely hope that we will continue to see the Japanese government’s commitment grow over the coming years.”
For more information, see the announcement of the contribution from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.