Defining and Acting on Global Health: The Case of Japan and the Refugee Crisis

Document Type : Perspective


1 Department of Research, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan

2 Department of Surgery, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan

3 Department of Neurosurgery, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan

4 Department of Internal Medicine, Soma Central Hospital, Fukushima, Japan

5 Department of Internal Medicine, Jōban Hospital, Tokiwa Foundation, Fukushima, Japan


What counts as global health? There has been limited discourse to date on the ways in which country-level contexts may shape positioning in global health agendas. By reviewing Japan’s response to the refugee crisis, we demonstrate a clash between rhetoric and action on global responsibility, and suggest that cultural and historical factors may be related to the ways of perceiving and acting upon global health.


Commentaries Published on this Paper

  • How the Spectre of Societal Homogeneity Undermines Equitable Healthcare for Refugees; Comment on “Defining and Acting on Global Health: The Case of Japan and the Refugee Crisis”

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  • Forced Migration and Global Responsibility for Health; Comment on “Defining and Acting on Global Health: The Case of Japan and the Refugee Crisis”

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