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Japan, Asia-Pacific

Centres:Phase:PI:Age Groups
Fukuoka1 Professor Sankei Nishima 13-14, 6-7
Fukuoka3 Dr Hiroshi Odajima 13-14, 6-7
Tochigi3 Professor Makino Sohei 13-14

National Coordinator:


  • National Coordinator for Japan
  • Phase One Principal Investigator for Fukuoka

Professor Sankei Nishima

Professor Sankei Nishima

Director of Pediatrics
The National Minami-Fukuoka Chest Hospital
Yakatabaru 4-39-1

Japan has been still in confusion due to the Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami disaster, and nuclear plant accident. However, the heart-warming support from all over the world has been helping Japan restore the country little by little. We deeply appreciate your warm support. ISAAC Fukuoka Centre is located at the western part of Japan, and therefore we didn’t have damage from the earthquake. Fukuoka city is a center of southern part of Japan, Kyusyu area, with the population of 13 million, and is now having its ordinary activities.

Our Centre participated in ISAAC Phase ???. Recently, we have started the epidemiological survey for 35,000 elementary school children of 11 prefectures at western Japan. This survey was conducted in 1982, 1992, and 2002 in the same districts with the same methods, and this recent survey is the forth survey.

The prevalence of bronchial asthma has been a 2.1 increase compared with that of 1982 and 2002. Since 1992, we have done the survey of other childhood allergic diseases besides asthma. As a result, the prevalence of atopic dermatitis has been decreased, but the prevalence of allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis has been increased. (Sankei Nishima et al; Surveys on the Prevalence of Pediatric Bronchial Asthma in Japan: A Comparison between the 1982,1992,and 2002 Surveys Conducted in the Same Region Using the Same Methodology, Allergology International. 2009; 58:37-53). The result of our recent forth survey will come out in 2012.

Also, this year, the total guideline for pediatric allergic diseases (BA,AR,AD,FA) has been established in Japan. Furthermore, Japanese Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Diseases 2010(JAGL 2010) is published in English in the latest Allergology International and is free to be viewed. All access are welcome. (http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/allergolint/60/2/_contents/-char/ja/?