Social epidemiology (the impact of social inequality and social capital on health)
How does social inequality and socioeconomic status (SES) affect health, especially among children? How can we measure its impact and determine the relationship between disease outcomes? To answer these questions, we conduct research using original and secondary data, including the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s 21st Century Born Longitudinal Study; Japan Aging Evaluation Study (JAGES); J-SHINE (English Elementary School Instructor Accreditation Council); Adachi Child Health Impact of Living Difficulty Study (A-CHILD); and other childhood-related data collected in collaboration with local municipalities. Furthermore, we focus on how, and to what extent, social capital in turn can promote health.
We also use data from the US, Finland, Mongolia, and China to conduct international comparative studies on these topics.