Keio Global Security Research Institute (Keio G-SEC)
&Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Science and Technology Project for a Safe and Secure Society


Japan is now implementing its third 5-year plan (2006-2010) aimed at government support of science and technology to strength human resources and competitive research environments for the benefit of Japanese society. One of main policy objectives of the plan is to enhance its security with its advanced technology to be called “the world’s safest nation”.

Within a context of this political movement, Keio University Global Security Institute (Keio G-SEC) started in FY2007 a project to prepare for potential threats from biological terrorism in Japan. The project has been financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The aims of the Project include:

  • facilitating R&D coordination and information sharing among experts to ensure appropriate implementation; and,
  • prioritizing R&D for bio-preparedness in Japan based upon the Project`s survey of social needs and academic seeds.

A next step could focus on development of awareness among the general public in order to ensure broad-based support for priorities identified. Furthermore, establishment of a regular discussion platform for communication and sharing of perspectives and information among experts, stakeholders and policy-makers would enable identification of a potential research agenda for the future.

About Us/About Our Project

About Keio G-SEC  

The Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC), Keio University covers a wide range of current issues, including those concerning science technology and innovation, energy, the environment, security, including human security. In its researches the Institute examines the policies relating to these issues which affect the entire globe and which also have an influence on individual lives. The G-SEC is a research institute that seeks to anticipate changes in the world and take up academic research from among challenges forced by society today. The Institute studies objective such contemporary issues with a view to generating objective assessments and policy recommendation. In order to tackle these problems effectively, it is felt that interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as global alliances among academic research institutes and specialized organizations would serve to future such an objective. The G-SEC made a fresh start as a new research entity in June 2004. It aims at reorganizing in an evolving manner, the conventional research center comprising individual research projects to build, research networks with other entities. These include close and dynamic collaboration with Keio’s other academic research organizations, and other universities, research institutes, private companies and not-for-profit organizations, both in Japan and overseas, with an eye on pushing forward cutting-edge academic research. From a global perspective, the G-SEC will encourage the advancement of academic studies, both basic and applied, at the international level. The accumulated knowledge would released be and published both within the university and for as a whole, so as to contribute sustainable development in the world.

Keio University Global Security Research Institute
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

MEXT Science and Technology Project for a Safe and Secure Society in Keio G-SEC  

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)’s Project on Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society was established based on the policy paper ‘Policy to Promote R&D in S&T for a Safe and Secure Society’ formulated by MEXT in July 2006. Since FY2007, Keio G-SEC has been taking part in the biosecurity areas of this project, aiming to: 1) Host the U.S.-JAPAN Medical Biodefense Research and Bioterrorism Workshop together with NIH/NIAID to promote collaborative research coordination with the U.S.; 2) Compile information on anti-bioterrorism activities in Japan; 3) Collect information on R&D and policy development in other countries; and 4) Promote networking and outreach.

Project Director: Tsutomu Takeuchi,MD, PhD
Project Manager: Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD


 Tsutomu TAKEUCHI 

  • Professor
    Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Keio University, School of Medicine
  • Deputy Director
    The Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC), Keio University

Tomoya SAITO  

  • Instructor
    Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Keio University, School of Medicine
  • Research fellow
    The Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC), Keio University
  • PhD. Keio University(Faculty of Medicine )
  • MPH. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Medical doctor

Shuji AMANO  

  • Research Associate
  • Master of Science in International Affairs (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Yayoi AIHARA (Research Assistant)
Yoko HORI (Research Assistant)
Tae TERASAWA (Research Assistant)
Yuki Maehira
Hiroko KONISHI (Research Assistant)
Kazuko ODA (Research Assistant)
Akiko TAKAHASHI   (Research Assistant)
Hiroyoshi NAKAMARU (Research Assistant)

Dr. Brian Rappert  

  • Visiting associate professor
    Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Keio University, School of Medicine(H19.12.1~H20.3.31)
  • Associate professor
    Sociology & Philosophy Department, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Keio G-SEC Biosecurity Workshops

The project team at Keio G-SEC has made efforts to transmit the gathered information to stakeholders so as to share new insights or R&D into countermeasures in order to improve the security and safety of Japanese society. Moreover, Keio G-SEC provides a platform whereby policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders can discuss the issues surrounding R&D into biodefense and biosecurity. The Keio G-SEC Biosecurity Workshop aims to provide a place to identify problems and to solve them by interdisciplinary efforts in areas of biosecurity. This has finally resulted in a contribution to the establishment of a broad network among experts. The topics we have covered are:

  • Biosecurity risk assessments and development of medical countermeasures
  • R&D activities in environmental detection and syndromic surveillance
  • Civilian protection law and bioterrorism
  • Regulations in the transportation of select agents.

US-Japan Medical Biodefense Symposium

International Symposium

Other Activities