Keizo Takemi
JapanSenior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange


Keizo Takemi Photo Credit:Todd France Photography, 2012

Professor Keizo Takemi is a Japanese political leader who serves as senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and research fellow at the Japan Medical Association Research Institute. In 2013 he was elected chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.

Beginning in 2007 and continuing at the 2008 Toyako G8 Summit, he spearheaded a policymaking platform of public and private partnerships known as the study group on Challenges in Global Health and Japan’s Contributions, which was subsequently restructured as the executive committee of JCIE’s program on Global Health and Human Security.

Prof. Takemi is known for his expertise on foreign policy, official development assistance (ODA), human security, health system reform, and the United Nations system.

He was a member of the House of Councillors in the Japanese Diet for 12 years and served in the Abe cabinet as Senior Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare. As State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Obuchi Cabinet, he led the initiative to establish the UN Trust Fund for Human Security.

In 2006, he was named by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as member of the High Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and Environment.

His many legislative accomplishments include the 2006 restructuring of Japan’s ODA system.

He was a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health between 2007 and 2009 and became advisor to the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation in August 2009.

Prof. Takemi was recently appointed co-chair of the Program Coordination Committee for the Japan/ World Bank Joint Research on Universal Health Coverage and Human Resources for Health.

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees (master of law) from Keio University.

Since 1995, he has concurrently been a professor at Tokai University’s School of Political Science and School of Economics. He is a visiting professor at National Nagasaki University and Fukushima Medical School.