Public health policy and approaches for noncommunicable disease prevention and control in Japan

A case study

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 69
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English



This report examines the trends in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and documents how public policy on this issue was introduced and implemented in Japan. The report focuses on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), cancer and diabetes mellitus as major causes of death. Epidemiological trends, health policy development and other aspects are explored at three levels: national, prefectural and municipal. This account will provide abundant information on Japan’s experience in dealing with NCDs at different levels of government for policy-makers and researchers interested in establishing good health care systems for managing these diseases.