Japan pledges $1 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has pledged up to 1.08 billion dollars over the next three years to an international fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Kishida, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, attended a meeting called by US President Joe Biden on increasing contributions to the fund.

Kishida welcomed the meeting, saying that it is becoming increasingly important to learn lessons from the pandemic to step up preparations for infectious diseases and future pandemics.

He said everyone in the international community must come together to achieve their goal of beating the three major infectious diseases by 2030.

Kishida pledged that the Japanese government and relevant bodies will exert strong leadership to contribute to the activities of the Global Fund.