Video Message for Hiroko Suzuki, the president of the foundation, from Mr. José Mujica, the former President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay


The Quality of Life Fund raised from the foundation’s project will be utilized to invite doctors, who are recommended by the Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, from Uruguay for their study at Japan’s leading medical institutions in 2017.

We received a message from the Mr. José Mujica, the former President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, for our contribution of the support for the medical development to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

QoLF Academic Exchange Programme in Havana, Republic of Cuba


In response to a request from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Japan, Dr. Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Professor of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the Department of Surgery for Organ Pathology, Artificial Organs, and Transplantation, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, was dispatched to Cuba on March 2, 2024, funded by QoLF Academic Exchange Fund.

During his visit, Dr. Hasegawa delivered lectures and engaged in discussions at Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital and William Soler Hospital. Additionally, he provided technical support at CIMEQ (The Medical Surgical Research Centre), contributing to advancements in medical practices.

The final day of the academic exchange involved a meeting at the Cuban Ministry of Health with the Dr. Reinol Delfin García Moreiro, Deputy Minister of Public Health and senior officials. At this gathering, QoLF President Suzuki and Professor Hasegawa expressed their gratitude to Dr. Iliovanys Betancourt Plaza of the Ministry of Health and the medical professionals at the hospitals for their support of the program. In his welcoming address, the Vice-Minister of Health acknowledged the program’s achievements and expressed hope for its continuation in the future.

Attendance at Working Dinner at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba


On February 7, 2024, President Hiroko Suzuki of the Quality of Life Foundation (QoLF) attended a working dinner at the official residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba. The event, hosted by H.E. Ms. Gisela Beatriz GARCÍA Rivera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan, was held in preparation for a medical academic exchange visit to Cuba scheduled for early March 2024. Dr. Kiyoshi Hasegawa, a distinguished Professor of Hepatobiliary and Transplantation Surgery at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine, is slated to lead the delegation.

The purpose of the visit revolves around medical exchange, particularly focusing on hepatobiliary surgery. Dr. Hasegawa will deliver lectures, partake in surgical procedures, and engage in discussions on surgical techniques during his time in Cuba. Additionally, he is scheduled to meet with officials from the Cuban Ministry of Health to foster collaboration and exchange of expertise.

At the working dinner, discussions centered on finalizing the itinerary for the hospital visits during the academic exchange. Furthermore, Ambassador Garcia conveyed her appreciation to Professor Hasegawa and the organizing committee for facilitating this valuable academic collaboration. The exchange is anticipated to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between medical professionals from Japan and Cuba, ultimately benefiting patients in both countries.

Visit to the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


On 26th December 2023, at the Royal Hashemite Embassy in Jordan, QoLF President Suzuki informed H.E. Ms. Lina Annab that Jordan is a candidate to invite doctors to Japan and that the funds will be used from the proceeds of the Charity Gala Dinner in 2024.

In response, H.E. Ms. Annab expressed her gratitude and generously offered her cooperation in organising the 2024 Charity Gala Dinner.

Cookery Class & Dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


On December 15, 2023, the Cookery Class & Dinner took place with the couple and their acquaintances.

The class was the auction item which was contributed as the ‘Cooking Class & Dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence’ by H.E. Ms. Lina Annab, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Charity Gala Dinner held in October, and was won by Mr. & Mrs. Hirai, Chairman of Kanagawa Country Club.

The class was a very special evening where attendees had the opportunity to learn Jordanian cuisine in person from H.E. Ms. Lina Annab.

Visit to Niigata University of Health and Welfare


On December 4, 2023, QoLF President Suzuki visited Niigata University of Health and Welfare.

The university is an integrated medical care institution with six faculties and 15 departments on one campus, encompassing medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, sports, welfare, and medical IT.

During the meeting with professors from various fields, the potential for academic exchange between QoLF and the university in the fields of medicine and rehabilitation was discussed.

Attendance at reception hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba.


A farewell reception was held in the Embassy Hall to mark the visit of H.S. Ms Josefina Vidal, Deputy Minister of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the departure of H.E. Miguel Ángel Ramírez, Ambassador of Cuba to Japan, due to take up his post at the end of October. QoLF President Suzuki was invited to attend this event.

Power of Elegance Charity Gala Dinner Held


The Power of Elegance Charity Gala Dinner, organised by QoLF, took place on October 12, 2023, at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

The charity gala featured an auction and raffle with prizes of precious items and events, generously supported by the long-time supporter, New York Times Asia Pacific, as well as embassies and companies from around the world.

The proceeds will be allocated as a fund for dispatching medical specialists to the Republic of Cuba and inviting doctors from the Republic of Serbia to Japan.

Courtesy Visit to the Hospital Director of the Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR with H.E.Cuban Ambassador


QoLF President Hiroko Suzuki accompanied H.E. Mr. Miguel A. Ramirez from the Embassy of Cuba to pay a courtesy visit to Mr. Takeshi Sano, Hospital Director of The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR.

During the visit, she informed them of Cuba’s achievements in actively training doctors and dentists and dispatching them to countries in Latin America and Africa, where they have achieved significant results. They also exchanged views on the possibility of future academic exchanges between Cuba and Japan.

Reception with invited doctors


On 23 September 2023, a reception was held at the residence of QoLF President Suzuki with Jamaican doctors undergoing training in Japan.

The purpose of this reception was to deepen the acquaintance with doctors from the University of Tokyo Hospital and The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR, which are the cooperating hospitals for the training of the Foundation.It was attended by H.E. Ms. Shorna-Kay M. RICHARDS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Jamaica.

Welcome reception for doctors invited under the QoLF project at the Jamaican Ambassador’s Residence in Japan


On 19th September 2023, a welcome reception for Jamaican surgeons invited by the QoLF Academic Exchange Fund was held at the official residence of the Jamaican Ambassador in Japan.

The reception was attended by Dr Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Professor in the Department of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Artificial Organs and Transplantation Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Dr Sano, Director of The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR, and other doctors from both hospitals who are in charge of training.

It was a wonderful welcome party where we enjoyed Jamaican food, salsa dancing, and a chance to experience Jamaican culture with the doctors.