Professor Taro KIKUCHI

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Development Cooperation
Programme director
Masters Programme


Bachelor of Economics from Waseda University, Japan


  • 2017-, Current position
  • 2015-2017, Director in the Health Group, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters, Tokyo, supervising the health sector cooperative technical and financial projects with health ministry of the government in the counties located in the South and Southeast Asia, responsible for the monitoring of JICA global health strategy under Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy on health, acting as the focal point of external relations in the areas of health and medicine with international financing institutions(e.g. the Asian Development Bank), United Nations Agencies (e.g. the World Health Organization), and global health initiatives(e.g. P4H Network for the Universal Health Coverage).
  • 2013-2015, Senior Representative, JICA Tunisia Office, Tunis, appointed for the Assistant Country Director on behalf of JICA in Tunisia.
  • 2010-2013, Advisor in the Health Group, JICA HQ, Tokyo, designing and managing the health sector assistances for some East Africa countries (including the technical cooperation of scientific research in partnership with the Nagasaki University in Kenya), planning and coordination of JICA’s health cooperation directions in alignment with the global health trend, and acting as the first contact about the international health agendas especially targeting the Africa (e.g. emerging infectious diseases and zoonosis).
  • 2008-2010, Assistant Director in the Africa Department, JICA HQ, Tokyo, managing the follow-up of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development(TICAD Ⅳ) and planning the process to TICAD Ⅴ in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
  • 2005-2008, Representative in charge of health sector, JICA Zambia Office, Lusaka, coordinating the JICA’s health-related activities ranging from Japanese health volunteers to technical cooperation under JICA country assistance strategy for Zambia, and serving as the Japan’s focal in health for accelerating the aid harmonization for enhanced effectiveness with major health development partners present in Zambia(e.g. the United States Agency for International Development, U.K. Department for International Development, the World Bank, WHO).
  • 1996-1998, Researcher, Grant Aid Division, Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo, taking charge of humanitarian emergency assistances as Japan’s ODA including disaster relief and aid to the refugees in the forms of food and medical commodities supply, and financial supports to the countries in the post-conflict and social reconstruction phase.


Foreign Aid Policy in health and facilitation of internships abroad.-Based on working experiences in the international development organization, theory of development assistance related to the global health issues, practical methods and administration in the management of bilateral cooperation under Japan’s ODA are offered at classes.-Students who willingly take internship program at Japan’s ODA projects are supported.


>Focuses on how much effectively Japan’s ODA projects in the area of health is implemented and how much responsive they will be to the global health issues in the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Bangladesh, Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand(Asia)
  • Used to work for the health sector in Kenya and Zambia(Africa)


I am currently seconded from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). The landscape around the global health is constantly dynamic. Timely response to the international heath always requires in-depth understanding of the discussion on the health challenges made at the global level and comprehension of the health policy framework developed at the national level. In addition, I suppose that international health professionals should outfitted with the competence to work out a plan on the field to sustainably ensure local people’s health. Health and Medicine are the promising area of development cooperation where Japan ably makes great contribution. I am looking forward to cultivating study, at the Nagasaki University, together with the TMGH students who expectedly become the health professionals in the way to combine my own working experiences with the class lessons and practical trainings.