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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Ms Ayako Hiyoshi

Title: 'Health inequalities in Japan between 1986 and 2007'

Date & Time: Friday 4th February

Venue: G37 & G38


In the past 100 years, the health of Japanese population went through the contrasting two stages. The first, from 1900s to the end of WWII was characterised by maldistribution of wealth and a lack of public investment. In this stage, population health improvement stagnated. The second stage following WWII and the radical reconstruction of society, population health showed remarkable improvement even before GDP recovery took place. However, since the 1990s, reports suggested increasing income inequality and increasing absolute and relative poverty. These suggest that health inequalities might have increased in Japan.

The aims of this PhD project are to examine the time-trend of health inequalities in Japan, and to examine the health of a disadvantaged group (casual workers) who might not be well represented in large national surveys.

Ayako has a BA in Sociology from Sophia (Jochi) University in Japan, and MA in Social Policy and Administration from Nottingham University. Ayako worked as a social worker in public office.

Ayako began a 3-year doctoral program in October 2009, supervised by Dr. Eric Brunner and Mr. Martin Shipley.

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