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Rintaro Mori

Regional Adviser for Population Ageing and Sustainable Development

Involved in research/aid-works in Madagascar, Bangladesh and Mongolia, as well as research in health systems & women’s & children’s health

Languages : Japanese, English


Professor Mori is Regional Advisor on Population Ageing and Sustainable Development at UNFPA Asia-Pacific Office. After paediatric training in Japan, he practiced in Australia, Nepal and the UK as a senior paediatrician and studied epidemiology/public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine before involved in guideline development for NICE, UK. He has also actively been involved in research/aid-works in Madagascar, Bangladesh and Mongolia, as well as research in health systems and women’s and children’s health at the both national and global level. He was appointed as Director of Department of Health Policy at the National Center for Child Health and Development and Professor in Health Policy for Families and Children at Kyoto University, where he pursed his research on the life-course approach to achieve sustainable social and health care systems in the context of population ageing since 2012, before taking up his current role in 2018. He is also the Editor of Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth and has authored over 200 scientific publications.


Survey finds suicide is leading cause of maternal death in Japan
Japan Times

September 07, 2018

“There may be more people (committing suicide) who are not shown in the data. … It is important to support anxious pregnant women and nursing mothers as well as those struggling with postnatal depression or other mental health issues,” said Rintaro Mori, a doctor at the center.

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Suicide leading cause of death among pregnant women, new mothers: survey
The Mainichi

September 06, 2018

Rintaro Mori, who heads the center's department of health policy, said the survey "provided objective support to the argument that mental health issues such as postnatal depression are a challenge" for the provision of medical care for pregnant women and new mothers.

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Grade-schoolers, parents question mandatory short-sleeved winter PE attire
The Mainichi

March 22, 2018

Rintaro Mori, the head of the Department of Health Policy at the National Center for Child Health and Development, says there are no verified results pointing to thin clothes having health benefits, and states, "It's simply unknown whether it's good for their health or not." However, as the exposure to a certain level of stress is needed to train the mind and body, he added, "I think wearing thin clothes to an extent that doesn't cause stress isn't unreasonable."

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Pediatrician advocates use of 'evidence-based medicine' in Japan
Japan Times

January 05, 2015

A Tokyo pediatrician is working to promote “evidence-based medicine” and ensure that medical treatments used in Japan are backed by the highest-quality international research.

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An Evidence-based Approach toward a Sustainable Healthcare System
Japan Medical Association Journal

2019Japan is the most rapidly aging country in the world, and the sustainability of its health and social care system is a top priority. In order to have a sustainable healthcare system, global protection of healthcare commons through regulations, together with a market mechanism based on societal values, is critical.

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Social marketing including financial incentive programs at worksite cafeterias for preventing obesity: a systematic review
Syst Rev.

2019As with food-taxation strategies, such interventions as discounted healthy menus, point-of-purchase advertisements, and sugar-free beverages for employees at worksites could help prevent obesity. This study assessed the effectiveness of food environment interventions incorporating financial incentive or social marketing strategies at workplace cafeterias, vending machines, and kiosks toward preventing obesity and improving dietary habits.

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Cognitive-behavioural treatment for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS)-use disorders.
Cochrane Database Syst. Rev.

2018Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) refer to a group of synthetic stimulants including amphetamine, methamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) and related substances. ATS are highly addictive and prolonged use may result in a series of mental and physical symptoms including anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, cognitive impairments, paranoia, hallucinations and delusion.

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Potential therapeutics for antiphospholipid antibody associated thrombocytopenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Mod Rheumatol.

2018Thrombocytopenia is frequently observed in antiphospholipid antibody (aPL) carriers. Due to the paradoxical risks of thrombosis and hemorrhage, the management of aPL-associated thrombocytopenia (APAT) is often deductive. We aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of therapeutic approaches for APAT through a systematic review.

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Population and fertility by age and sex for 195 countries and territories, 1950-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

2018Population estimates underpin demographic and epidemiological research and are used to track progress on numerous international indicators of health and development. To date, internationally available estimates of population and fertility, although useful, have not been produced with transparent and replicable methods and do not use standardised estimates of mortality. We present single-calendar year and single-year of age estimates of fertility and population by sex with standardised and replicable methods.

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Leukotriene receptor antagonists for eczema.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev.

2018Eczema is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition that is frequently associated with atopic conditions, including asthma. Leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs) have a corticosteroid-sparing role in asthma, but their role in eczema remains controversial. Currently available topical therapies for eczema are often poorly tolerated, and use of systemic agents is restricted by their adverse effect profile. A review of alternative treatments was therefore warranted.

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Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for people with implantable ventricular assist devices
Cochrane Database Syst Rev

2018Heart failure is the end stage of heart disease, and the prevalence and incidence of the condition is rapidly increasing. Although heart transplantation is one type of surgical treatment for people with end-stage heart failure, donor availability is limited. Implantable ventricular assist devices (VADs) therefore offer an alternative treatment to heart transplantation.

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Area of Expertise


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U.K. :

General Medical Council, U.K. : Paediatrics

University of London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine : Epidemiology

Japan Pediatric Society & Japanese Board of Medical Specialties :

Okayama University : Medical School

Okayama University : Medical School

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