À PROPOS Chercheurs invités Kayo TAKUMA


Tokyo Metropolitan University

Kayo Takuma is a professor of international politics at the Faculty of Law and Politics, Tokyo Metropolitan University. Her main research interest involvesthe origin, evolution, and challenges ofglobal health governance, with a focus on its relationship with the changing international political order. In this regard, she has been engaged in several projects, such as a comparative study on G7 countries’ contribution to the implementation of the International Health Regulations and health cooperation in Asia, and is currently conducting a comparative study of regional health cooperation between Asian and Europe. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. She has been a member of the G7 2016 Global Health Working Group as well as the Deputy Director of the Hiroshima G7 Global Health Task Force.

Research themes: International Politics, International Relations, Global Health Governance, International Organizations

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Member of the Capitalisms, Technologies, Society and Health project
Stay: March 2023 – March 2024
Theme 3

A new approach for public spaces of mobility in world metropolises: design, management, and governance for a social, digital, energetic, and post-pandemic transition.

Global health governance became fragmented with the growing political divisions and worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, practical health cooperation at the regional and national levels, or among like-minded countries, has increased. Several innovative projects have been launched in Asia and Europe; however, they are standalone programs without any coordination in Asia as they reflect geopolitical movements in the region, while all innovative projects in the EU are linked to each other or at different levels. Based on this recognition, this study aims to clarify the characteristics of regional efforts on pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) in the EU and Asia, compare them, and obtain implications for better PPR.

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Main publications

Takuma, Kayo, ‘The Far Eastern Bureau of the League of Nations: Linking the Regional and International Orders Through Health Work’, in Christpher Hughs and Hatsue Shinohara (eds.), East Asians in the League of Nations: Actors, Empires and Regions in Early Global Politics (Palgrave MacMillan 2023), chap. 4.

Takuma, Kayo, ‘Japan-Taiwan Cooperation for Facilitating Future Public Health Preparedness’, in Pamela Kennedy and Yuki Tatsumi (eds.), Japan-Taiwan Relations: Opportunities and Challenges (Washington DC: Stimson Center 2021), chap.2.

Takuma, Kayo, ‘Global Solidarity is Necessary to End the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Asia Pacific Review, 27(2) 46-56, Oct, 2020.

Takuma, Kayo, Jinrui to Yamai [Mankind and Diseases: Infectious Diseases and Health Inequality from an international perspective], (Tokyo: Chuokoron Shinsha, 2020, in Japanese)


2020   Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities (Political Science and Economics, 2020) awarded to Kayo Takuma for Jinrui to Yamai [Mankind and Diseases: Infectious Diseases and Health Inequality from an international perspective], (Tokyo: ChuokoronShinsha, 2020, in Japanese)