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Mental Health Care in Japan

1st Edition

Edited by Ruth Taplin, Sandra J. Lawman


148 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Mental health, including widespread depression, a high suicide rate and institutionalisation, is a major problem in Japan. At the same time, the mental health care system in Japan has historically been more restrictive than elsewhere in the world. This book looks at the challenges of mental health care in Japan, including problems such as the institutionalisation of long-term patients in mental hospitals. The book discusses the latest legislation to deal with mental health care, and explores the various ideas and practices concerning rehabilitation into the workforce, the community and service user groups that empower the mentally ill. It goes on to look at the social stigma attached to the mentally ill in Japan and Britain, which touches upon the issue of counselling those with post traumatic stress after the recent earthquake.


"The book refreshingly places [mental health] care in the mainstream of society." - James Brewer; Insurance Day, Monday 23 July 2012

"The book is timely and is an excellent source of information never before available in English." Yuko Kawanashi Journal of Japanese Studies Volume 40, Number 1,Winter 2014

Table of Contents

1. Mental Health Care in Japan - An Introduction Ruth Taplin 2. The Mental Health Policy and Services: Where We Stand Hiroto Ito 3. Reintegrating the mentally ill into society and work Satoru Hashimoto 4. How Mental Hospitals Treat their Patients, and Programmes for Rehabilitation into the Community Yayoi Imamura 5. National Federation of Families for the Mentally Ill in Japan: Historical and Future Perspectives Hajime Oketani, Hiromi Akiyama 6. An Overview of the User Movement in Britain and Japan Sandra Lawman 7. Attitudes to mental illness in Japan and Britain Shuntaro Ando and Graham Thornicroft Postscript Sandra Lawman

About the Editors

Ruth Taplin is Director of the Centre for Japanese and East Asian Studies, London, and is Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law (

Sandra J. Lawman is an Associate for the Shaftesbury Partnership.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General