Public Health, Japan’s Development Aid, and Human Rights

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  • Title: Public Health, Japan’s Development Aid, and Human Rights: Applying a Rights-Based Approach and Mutual Accountability to Japan’s Non-Communicable Disease Project in Fiji
  • Author(s): Hanna Yumura
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Global Studies
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
  • Keywords: Human Rights, Development Aid, Public Health
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2324-755X (Print)
  • ISSN: 2324-7568 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2324-755X/CGP/v13i02/17-28
  • Citation: Yumura, Hanna. 2018. "Public Health, Japan’s Development Aid, and Human Rights: Applying a Rights-Based Approach and Mutual Accountability to Japan’s Non-Communicable Disease Project in Fiji." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies 13 (2): 17-28. doi:10.18848/2324-755X/CGP/v13i02/17-28.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

The article is a case study on development aid, public health, and human rights, focusing on Japan’s Project for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Fiji. From the point of view of a rights-based approach (RBA), with a focus on accountability, how successful is the project, which began in 2015? The article first reviews theoretical concerns in relation to a RBA and accountability and Japan’s record for development aid from the standpoint of human rights. It then analyzes the NCD Fiji project for planning and implementation with respect to a RBA and the concept of mutual accountability. The article finds that the project from a RBA and for mutual accountability can be improved. Materials examined about the project were publications and internet documents publicly available from the governments of Japan and Fiji.