Reexamination of the Concept of ‘Health Promotion’ through a Critique of the Japanese Health Promotion Policy
Public Health Ethics 10 (3):267-275 (2017)
AbstractThis article presents a critique of the health promotion policy of Japan, which is based on an examination of the social importance of and justification for health promotion. This is done to suggest the proper direction that the future Japanese policy could take, and to question the adequacy of the term of ‘health promotion’. We find the ‘social progress’ characterization of the ‘Second Term of National Health Promotion Movement in the Twenty-First Century - Health Japan 21 ’ to be problematic. While there are clear restraints found in terms of social costs related to the policy, the aims toward social justice provided by the policy are not clear. Considering the social importance and justification of health promotion, and the present conditions seen in Japan, we believe that it is necessary clearly to position health promotion as a form of social justice. Having said this, the term ‘health promotion’ is in itself misleading and can belie the range of activities required to action these policies. Therefore, we propose considering the selection of a different and more appropriate term for health promotion that concretely defines policies that actively work toward definitive health equity.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy.Madison Powers & Ruth Faden - 2008 - Oup Usa.
Public Health Ethics: Mapping the Terrain.James F. Childress, Ruth R. Faden, Ruth D. Gaare, Lawrence O. Gostin, Jeffrey Kahn, Richard J. Bonnie, Nancy E. Kass, Anna C. Mastroianni, Jonathan D. Moreno & Phillip Nieburg - 2002 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30 (2):170-178.
Similar books and articles
Health Promotion and the Freedom of the Individual.Gary Taylor & Helen Hawley - 2006 - Health Care Analysis 14 (1):15-24.
Health Promotion and Lay Epidemiology: A Sociological View. [REVIEW]Michael Bury - 1994 - Health Care Analysis 2 (1):23-30.
Psychology, Health Promotion and Aesthemiology. Paper One: Social Cognition Models as a Framework for Health Promotion: Necessary, but Not Sufficient.P. Bennett, S. Murphy & D. Carroll - 1995 - Health Care Analysis: Hca: Journal of Health Philosophy and Policy 3 (1):15.
Community Nurses and Health Promotion: Ethical and Political Perspectives.Jane Thomas & Paul Wainwright - 1996 - Nursing Ethics 3 (2):97-107.
The Borders of Health Promotion—A Response to Nordenfelt.Alan Cribb - 1993 - Health Care Analysis 1 (2):131-137.
Social Justice, Health Inequalities and Methodological Individualism in US Health Promotion.D. S. Goldberg - 2012 - Public Health Ethics 5 (2):104-115.
Health Promotion or Health Promotion (S).E. Elander - 1994 - Health Care Analysis: Hca: Journal of Health Philosophy and Policy 2 (1):65.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Logically Different Conceptions? [REVIEW]Per-Anders Tengland - 2010 - Health Care Analysis 18 (4):323-341.
Why 'Health' is Not a Central Category for Public Health Policy.Stephen John - 2009 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (2):129-143.
Conditions for a Science of Health Promotion: Theory and Research on the Health of Persons.Richard Kieth Edwards - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
On the Nature and Ethics of Health Promotion. An Attempt at a Systematic Analysis.L. Nordenfelt - 1993 - Health Care Analysis 1 (2):121-130.
Paper One: Social Cognition Models as a Framework for Health Promotion: Necessary, but Not Sufficient. [REVIEW]Paul Bennett, Simon Murphy & Douglas Carroll - 1995 - Health Care Analysis 3 (1):15-22.
The Purpose—Process Gap in Purpose and Process.Ian Buchanan - 1994 - Health Care Analysis 2 (1):31-35.