Report Child Health

About Child Health

An urgent issue for Japan’s future is establishing a system to provide children with physical and mental health support from society as a whole as they grow and develop. While neonatal and infant mortality rates in Japan are among the best in the world, there are serious health problems rooted in socioeconomic factors such as poverty, abuse, and suicide. In addition to growing rates of mental health disorders and low weight births, as technology advances, there are increasing numbers of children who require continuous medical care or have other special needs. Regardless of field, these are all issues that require society-wide action to address. HGPI conducts surveys and research and generates policy proposals to advance effective policies and to contribute to realizing seamless healthcare and welfare services as outlined in the Basic Law for Child and Maternal Health and Child Development.