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Health impact assessment in Japan

Yoshihisa Fujino

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656011.003.0027
Health impact assessment in Japan

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This chapter discusses the development of health impact assessment (HIA) in Japan. Japan is now at the stage of spreading interest in and awareness of HIA. In 2008, an English language book on HIA was translated into Japanese and published. After publication, the translators, under the auspices of the Japanese Society of Public Health, called together an HIA discussion group, in which about fifty public health professionals took part and started to learn about HIA. In 2009 and 2010, this group invited two HIA consultants from the UK to conferences at Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. The major factor driving interest in HIA in Japan is the increased attention given to issues of health inequity. The final report of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health has played a particularly important role. One of its three major recommendations concerns the implementation of HIA at the national level, and this has successfully raised the profile of HIA and given it credibility at a time when very few people knew about it.

Keywords: HIA; public health; Japanese health policy; health inequity; health inequality; Japan

Chapter.  2759 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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