2019 Volume 13 Issue 1 Pages 105-106
"History, Tradition, and Progress", a grand ceremony in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) was held in Tokyo, Japan on December 3, 2018. Hundreds of distinguished guests from home and abroad attended the grand ceremony. The NCGM is a national research and development agency, which is a type of independent administrative entity. The NCGM originated from a temporary army hospital that was established in Tokyo in October 1868. After several rounds of restructuring and reorganization, the facility became the NCGM in April 2015. The NCGM has various departments, including the Center Hospital, Kohnodai Hospital, the Research Institute, the Center for Clinical Sciences, the Bureau of International Health Cooperation, and the National College of Nursing. The NCGM conducts research in various fields such as infectious diseases, immune disorders, diabetes, and metabolic disorders and it provides advanced and comprehensive medical care. The NCGM also comprehensively provides training for personnel in international cooperation and medicine. "As a research and development entity, the NCGM will continue to fulfil those tasks in accordance with Japan's national policies", Dr. Norihiro Kokudo, the president of NCGM, said in his speech of anniversary opening greeting.