Mr. Keizo Takemi, Liberal Democratic Party, Chair of Special Mission Committee on Global Health, Member, the House of Councilors
Keizo Takemi is a Liberal Democratic Party member of the Japanese House of Councillors, and serving his fourth term. He is chairman of the Research Committee on Governing Structures at House of Councillors. In the first Abe cabinet, he was Senior Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. He led the initiative to establish the UN Trust Fund for Human Security when he was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in 1999 and was subsequently named by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as a member of the High Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Environment. He is a senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), a fellow at the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, a professor of political science and economics at Tokai University, and a visiting professor of various universities including Nagasaki University School of Medicine and Fukushima Medical University. He was also a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health from November 2007 to June 2009. In the global health field, he was involved in various global initiatives, including the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health (2010-2011); Global Health Workforce Alliance (2010-present), as a champion; WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing (2009-2010); the International Organizing Committee of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (2009-present); and the Japan-World Bank Partnership Program for Universal Health Coverage, as a co-chair of the coordination committee (2012-present). He became the chair of the Parliamentary Caucus on Stop TB Partnership in March 2013.