We are facing various global crises, including COVID-19, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, geopolitical changes, economic crises, and regional security threats. Preconditions have changed drastically, and we are at a critical juncture to fundamentally reconsider policies and frameworks to deal with such crises. We need to address appropriate resources and policies, through building resilient global communities and knowledge-based resource hubs. GHIPP is strengthening global partnership by building the discussion platform “Japan’s Challenge” and sharing knowledge, lessons learned, and vision by creating new regional communities for resilience. This project is funded by the United States Embassy, Tokyo (2023-2025).

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31th Special Dialogue

July 13, 2024 15:00 -16:00 JST (Online)

Health and Climate Change: Lessons and Challenges from the Pacific Islands ~ What US/Japan can do?

Speaker: Dr. Eileen Natuzzi, Georgetown University

Dr. Eileen Natuzzi


Dr. Eileen Natuzzi has worked on health capacity building in the Solomon Islands for 18 years. She received her medical degree from George Washington University, did her surgical training at the University of California San Francisco and obtained her Masters in Public Health in
Epidemiology from San Diego State University. She currently serves as Solomon Island’s co-coordinator for the Australia New Zealand Gastrointestinal International Training Association (ANZGITA) and is a visiting staff member at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara,
Guadalcanal. The ANZGITA program along with the doctors and nurses at the NRH established the first endoscopy service for the country which is now defining the prevalence and epidemiology of gastrointestinal diseases the people of Solomon Islands suffer from.

Dr. Natuzzi’s main focus is on the health impacts from climate change, in particular extreme weather events in urban Pacific Island environments. She actively advocates for health system infrastructure development aid as a means to reduce risk and harms from extreme weather events. Dr. Natuzzi has published a number of papers on health and climate change in
Solomon Islands as well as editorials on issues pertinent to geopolitical events in The HillThe Diplomat, DevPolicy, Griffith University’s Pacific Outlook and Global Health Governance in addition to publishing in medical journals.

Dialogue Commentators & Facilitator

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Dr. Narushige Michishita
道下 徳成副学長・教授

Dr. Hiromi Murakami

Kiyoshi Kurokawa is professor emeritus at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Vice Chair and Committee Member of the World Dementia Council and Chairman of the Investigative Committee on AI Simulation for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Countermeasures. He also served as Chairman of the National Diet of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (2011-2012). Dr. Kurokawa is well known in his professional community both nationally and internationally. Because of his highly unique and unusual professional careers which span over 15 years each in both Japan and USA, he has been a leader in and an advocate for many academic and professional activities in Japan. 

Narushige Michishita is professor and member of Board of Trustees, Vice President of GRIPS, and Deputy Director of Global Leadership Development Program. Previously, he was at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program; he served as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan. A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, his works include North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2009). He is fluent in Japanese and Korean.

Hiromi Murakami is a visiting scholar at GRIPS and senior fellow at Economic Strategy Institute. She’s involved in various policy projects in US/Japanese institutions, including Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), and SAIS Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining CSIS, she led Asia research as a vice president at the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C., and taught courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. She holds an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College and a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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