WKC Publication: “Inequalities in noncommunicable disease mortality in the ten largest Japanese cities”

June 2013

WHO/M. Kano

A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Inequalities in noncommunicable disease mortality in the ten largest Japanese cities”, has just been published by the Journal of Urban Health.

The burden of noncommunicable diseases and social inequalities in health among urban populations is becoming a common problem around the world. This phenomenon is further compounded by population ageing. Japan faces the task of maintaining its high level of population health while dealing with these challenges. This study focused on the ten largest cities in Japan and, using publicly available administrative data, analyzed standardized mortality ratios to examine inequalities in relative mortality levels due to major noncommunicable diseases at both city and subcity levels.

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