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Health in Japan: Social Epidemiology of Japan since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Eric Brunner, Noriko Cable, and Hiroyasu Iso


In the latter half of the twentieth century, Japan developed into a thriving economy, and the Japanese remain one of the healthiest populations in the world to this day. However, in the past 25 years, low growth, mounting debt, and rapid ageing have complicated this image, and global interest in the longevity and social cohesion of the Japanese populace is now greater than ever. Health in Japan brings together the perspectives and research of Japan's leading social epidemiologists in English for the first time, creating an informative text which is accessible to both Japanese and international ... More

Keywords: Japan, epidemiology, population, ageing, disease, health, economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Brunner, editor
Professor of Social and Biological Epidemiology and Health Care, Institute of Epidemiology and Healthcare, University College London, London, UK

Noriko Cable, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, London, UK

Hiroyasu Iso, editor
Professor of Public Health, Department of Social Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

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1 Excellent Population Health, Low Economic Growth

Eric Brunner, Noriko Cable, and Hiroyasu Iso

2 Women, Men, and the ‘Missing’ Babies

Sachiko Baba and Hiroyasu Iso

4 Child Health in Japan

Takeo Fujiwara, Nobutoshi Nawa, and Yusuke Matsuyama

5 Family, Community, and Mental Wellbeing

Noriko Cable, Michikazu Sekine, and Shinsuke Koike

6 Japan’s Miracle Decades

Akizumi Tsutsumi

7 Work and Health in a Diverse and Disparate Labour Market

Mariko Inoue, Yoshiharu Fukuda, and Eric Brunner

11 Chronic Diseases and Risk Factor Trends in Japan

Hiroyasu Iso, Kotatsu Maruyama, and Kazumasa Yamagishi

12 Cancer Inequalities in Japan

Yuri Ito and Bernard Rachet

13 Physical Activity, Sport, and Health in Japan

Shigeru Inoue, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, and Shiho Amagasa

15 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Japan

Norito Kawakami and Akihito Shimazu

17 Geographic Disparities in Health

Tomoki Nakaya and Tomoya Hanibuchi

20 Japan in Long View

Eric Brunner, Noriko Cable, and Hiroyasu Iso

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