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[Perspectives] Yasuhisa Shiozaki: Japan’s progressive Minister of Health

Next week, Japan will host the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, a salient moment in the life of Japan’s Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, Yasuhisa Shiozaki. He is clear about the priorities for the way the G7 can shape the future landscape of global health. “Throughout our G7 presidency, we intend to promote health security for all towards the achievement of the SDGs”, Shiozaki says. “We would like to ensure better preparedness for future public health emergencies drawing the lessons from Ebola. We will take up three key issues: strengthening the global health architecture to respond to public health emergencies; promoting universal health coverage (UHC) with better preparedness and prevention; and strengthening the global response to antimicrobial resistance.”