Toward a society
where people and animals can be healthy and happily

Research works

How do urban-rural social inequalities affect the mental health of residents?

Various countries have reported that the suicide rate is higher in rural areas than in urban areas. I have conducted joint research with Stockholm University, Sweden, to elucidate the mechanism in detail. In addition, as part of the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES), I have investigated how the prevalence of depressive symptoms differs between urban and rural areas among older adults.

How do some industrial structures of agriculture affect health?

Structural changes have taken place in the agricultural sector, including intensifying international competition, a decrease in the number of farms and an increase in farm size, and climate change. We have investigated how these industrial structures of agriculture affect the health of farmers and people living in areas where agriculture is thriving.

Mental health of migrants in rural areas

The number of international migrants and refugees is increasing worldwide, and some countries have implemented policies to promote migrants and refugees to settle in rural areas in order to prevent the concentration of population in urban areas. In light of these social circumstances, our research focuses on migrants residing in rural areas.

The impact of gender norms on mental health

Gender norms are social norms that define desirable behaviors based on gender, such as “You shouldn’t…do that…because you are a man” or “You should…do that…because you are a woman. We have investigated the impact of gender norms on mental health.


Commentary article for our paper

A commentary article on our paper was published by Julie Lutz et al. We are very honoured to have been given detailed b...

Community gender norms and mental health

Depressive symptoms, suicide ideation and attempts are about twice as common among those who perceive community gender ...

Inequities by sex and gender on long-term care: WHO project report

The report of the WHO World Health Organization's project on the review of gender differences in long-term care is now ...

Review article on the well-being of older adults in Japan

A review article on the topic of well-being of older adults in Japanese communities was published in Current Opinion in...

Depression is 1.2 times more common in rural areas than in urban areas

However, 10% less depression is found among those who live in places from where it takes a long time to the city center...

People with long farming experience are 1.1 to 1.4 times more likely to be depressed if there are few farms in the vicinity

Social connections between people in the same profession that are not dependent on geographical distance may be needed ...

Doctoral Dissertation is available

My doctoral dissertation has been accepted and I have been completed the doctoral course. The accepted doctoral dissert...

Does increased migration affect the rural–urban divide in suicide?

Our paper has been published in Population, Space and Place. It is a collaborative study between Stockholm University a...

Rural life and suicide: Does the effect of the community context vary by country of birth?

Our paper has been published in Social Science & Medicine. It is a collaborative study between Stockholm Universit...

IKUSHI Prize was introduced on the website of Stockholm University

The Department of Public Health Sciences at Stockholm University, Sweden, where I have been conducting joint research, ...