What America Can Learn From Japan

As the week’s resources reveal, the Japanese experience demonstrates the importance of cultural issues, such as caring and sharing, that profoundly influence health outcomes. Without considering culture, one cannot begin to explain why Japan is the world’s healthiest nation on most mortality indicators despite having a high proportion of men smoking and the highest rates of low-birth weight babies among rich nations.

Furthermore, health outcomes in Japan are significantly better than those in the U.S., even though the U.S. spends much more on health care. What can the U.S. learn from this country?

To prepare for this Discussion, review your Learning Resources on Japan’s health status.

Post a brief analysis of how reconstruction after World War II contributed to Japan’s contemporary health status. Then, summarize one significant political feature and one legal feature of Japan’s contemporary health care system that contributes to Japan’s population health status. Offer two reasons (historical, political, legal, and/or cultural) for the disparity between the Japanese and American populations in health achievement. Finally, suggest two lessons other countries can learn from the Japanese experience to improve their own health status. Expand on your insights utilizing the Learning Resources.

Use APA formatting for your Discussion and to cite your resources.

IRED READINGS

 

Inoue, M., Nishikitani, M., & Tsurugano, S. (2016). Female non-regular workers in Japan: Their current status and health. Industrial Health, 54(6), 521–527. doi:10.2486/indhealth.2016-0105

 

Nakamine, S., Tachikawa, H., Aiba, M., Takahashi, S., Noguchi, H., Takahashi, H., & Tamiya, N. (2017). Changes in social capital and depressive states of middle-aged adults in Japan. PLOS ONE, 12(12), e0189112. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0189112

 

Suzuki, T. (2018). Health status of older adults living in the community in Japan: Recent changes and significance in the super-aged society. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 18(5), 667–677. doi:10.1111/ggi.13266

 

Takegata, M., Ohashi, Y., Lazarus, A., & Kitamura, T. (2017). Cross-national differences in psychosocial factors of perinatal depression: A systematic review of India and Japan. healthcare. Healthcare, 5(4), 91. doi:10.3390/healthcare5040091

 

World Health Organization. (n.d.). Japan. Retrieved July 4, 2019, from WHO website: https://www.who.int/countries/jpn/en/

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