WebinarJapan-U.S. Dialogue | Harnessing New Technologies to Battle COVID-19
On the evening of October 1st (the morning of October 2nd in Japan), the Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) co-hosted an online dialogue featuring Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The purpose of this webinar was to share lessons from Japan’s relatively successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to explore possible areas of collaboration between the U.S. and Japan in fighting the disease.
The event started with remarks from Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, the Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy in charge of Japan’s COVID-19 response, then a special presentation by Dr. Yamanaka, followed by a conversation between him and the Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer, Ms. Laurie Garrett. By sharing information about Japan’s efforts, especially about his own research regarding iPS cell technology, Dr. Yamanaka offered opportunities to learn from Japan’s unique approaches in combating COVID-19.
After the impressive conversation between them, the floor was then opened up for dialogue between Dr. Yamanaka and about 30 prominent global health experts from the U.S. The event was live-streamed on YouTube and can be watched below.
The summary report of the Dialogue can be seen here.
James Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE/USA
Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy in Charge of Economic Revitalization
Conversation with Dr. Yamanaka
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
Interviewed by Ms. Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Coming Plague
Japan-U.S. Dialogue with Leading Experts
Dr. Dennis Carroll, Chair, Leadership Board, Global Virome Project; former Director, Pandemic Influenza and Other Threats Unit, USAID
Dr. Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board
Ms. Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation
Ambassador Mark Dybul, Co-Director, Center for Global Health Practice and Impact; Member, WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response; former Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Dr. Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
Ms. Erika Elvander, Director, Asia Pacific, Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Chair, Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; former President, Institute of Medicine
Mr. James Gannon, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)
Dr. Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Hajime Inoue, Deputy Director General, Office for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan
Dr. Claudia Juech, CEO, Cloudera Foundation
Ms. Mihoko Kashiwakura, Head of East Asia Relations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center; Associate Director for International Programs, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dr. Florian Krammer, Professor of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mr. Akio Okawara, President & CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/Japan)
Dr. Ariel Pablos Mendez, Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; former Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
Dr. Makoto Shimoaraiso, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan
Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Hon. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors of Japan; former Senior Vice Minister for Health, Labour, and Welfare
Mr. Shoji Watanabe, Assistant Director General, Office for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan
Dr. Andrew C. Weber, Senior Fellow, Council on Strategic Risks; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.
Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in New York
Dr. Robert T. Yanagisawa, Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi