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Advancing the Human Right to Health$
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José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.001.0001

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The right to health in Japan: challenges of a super-ageing society and implications from its 2011 public health emergency

The right to health in Japan: challenges of a super-ageing society and implications from its 2011 public health emergency

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(p.219) Chapter 16 The right to health in Japan: challenges of a super-ageing society and implications from its 2011 public health emergency
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Advancing the Human Right to Health
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Hiroaki Matsuura

Eriko Sase

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.003.0016

Using a human rights-based approach, this chapter reviews Japan’s healthcare system, identifying the achievements and challenges, with emphasis on the ageing population. The results suggest the necessity of embedding the right to health in practices, grounded upon a clearly guaranteed right to health for all populations. The chapter begins with a general description of Japan. It then discusses health system characteristics and its challenges; constitution, ratification of international treaties, and other legal foundation of the right to health and healthcare; Japan’s efforts to realize the right to health in international cooperation; and right to health in Japan’s health system.

Keywords:   japanese healthcare system, health policy, public health, right to health, human rights-based approach

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