The Atlas of Health Inequalities in Japan

  • Tomoki Nakaya
  • Yuri Ito

Part of the Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series (GPHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Tomoki Nakaya
    Pages 1-7
  3. Tomoki Nakaya, Keisuke Fukui, Yuri Ito, Keiji Yano, Yuzuru Isoda, Naoki Kondo
    Pages 9-27
  4. Tomoki Nakaya, Yuri Ito, Kazumasa Hanaoka
    Pages 29-72
  5. Yuri Ito, Yoshikazu Nishino, Seiki Kanemura, Tomoki Nakaya
    Pages 73-160
  6. Ryozo Matsuda, Shigeru Inoue, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Yuri Ito
    Pages 161-245
  7. Takahiro Tabuchi, Mayuko Yonejima, Tomoya Hanibuchi, Tomoki Nakaya
    Pages 247-295
  8. Tomoki Nakaya, Yuri Ito
    Pages 297-305
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-343

About this book


This new health atlas of Japan presents a series of maps about the health of the contemporary Japanese population, i.e. detailed maps of health indicators in small areas using cartograms. This is the first comprehensive small-area based health atlas about contemporary Japan using vital statistics from 1995-2014. Each map is supplemented with concise explanations written by leading epidemiologists and health geographers in Japan. The book employs various cutting-edge methods in spatial epidemiology, Bayesian spatial smoothing for the reliable mapping of mortality indices,  advanced cartographic transformations using the concept of aerial cartograms, and summary statistics of socioeconomic health inequalities. The atlas highlights geographical aspects of social gradients in health by comparing mortality maps with distribution of deprivation index during the recent long-lasting economic stagnation period of Japan known as the lost decades. This health atlas will be a useful resource for international comparisons between Japan and other advanced countries in terms of health and related socioeconomic disparities between regions. It will be of interest to public health practitioners, administrators, researchers and students working on health geography and public health.


New health atlas of Japan Health mapping Health inequality Life expectancy at birth Standard mortality ratio Cancer mortality

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomoki Nakaya
    • 1
  • Yuri Ito
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental StudiesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medical StatisticsOsaka Medical CollegeTakatsukiJapan

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