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History of public health crises in Japan.

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  • Author(s): Imamura T;Imamura T; Ide H; Yasunaga H
  • Source:
    Journal of public health policy [J Public Health Policy] 2007 Jul; Vol. 28 (2), pp. 221-37.
  • Publication Type:
    Historical Article; Journal Article
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Source:
      Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Country of Publication: England NLM ID: 8006508 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Print ISSN: 0197-5897 (Print) Linking ISSN: 01975897 NLM ISO Abbreviation: J Public Health Policy Subsets: MEDLINE
    • Publication Information:
      Publication: 2005- : Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan
      Original Publication: [Burlington, Vt., Journal of Public Health Policy, inc.]
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      In Japan, a number of serious public health crises involving environmental pollution, food-borne diseases, and health hazards due to pharmaceuticals (i.e., "Yakugai") have occurred in the past 50 years. Based on the literature, we summarize the initial investigations and the subsequent measures. Some common points emerge: (1) prolonged cause identification, (2) lack of countermeasures after the cause was identified, and (3) discrimination against victims and they contributed to spreading the damage. We identify lack of corporate ethics and ill-timed disclosure of information as the principal problems in Japan's crisis-management systems. Defects in information gathering were common to all of the cases, thus we suggest necessary corrective measures, such as the establishment of a new reporting system for health hazard-related information.
    • Accession Number:
      0 (Arsenicals)
      4Z8R6ORS6L (Thalidomide)
      DFC2HB4I0K (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
    • Publication Date:
      Date Created: 20070623 Date Completed: 20070919 Latest Revision: 20131121
    • Publication Date:
      20210623
    • Accession Number:
      10.1057/palgrave.jphp.3200131
    • Accession Number:
      17585323