No Single Solution
Written by: Liz Millership
I am an ex-Mihara JET who moved back to the UK last summer, when I started a masters course (amongst other things) studying global health systems. I chose to specialise in Japan for the first term, and my assignment was to write a National Geographic-style article outlining the main globally connected health challenges faced by Japan. While many of the problems such as the long working hours and drinking habits appear as common sense to those living in Japan, this article also highlights how many of them, such as diabetes, are not isolated public health problems unique to Japan, but part of a wider and critical pattern of worldwide epidemics that are threatening global health. As such, many of you will be familiar with some or all of the issues discussed in this paper, but I hope it will broaden and inform perspectives on these. Happy reading!
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