Adjunct member

Shuzo Nishimura< back to the list


Director General,Institute for Health Economics and Policy
Chairperson, Council on Social Security, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare


Shuzo Nishimura has been serving as a director general at the Institute for Health Economics and Policy since 2015 and a Visitiong Professor of Kwansei-Gakuin University, after serving as a Director General of National Institute of of Social Security and Population Studies from 2010 to 2014. He is also appointed as a chairperson of Council on Social Security, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. He graduated from Kyoto University with a BA in economics and obtained a Ph. D. in Economics from Kyoto University in 1988. His areas of expertise are social security and health economics. He was the first chiraperson of Japan Health Economics Association. His publications include jointly written book, Economics of Health Behavior, Nippon Hyoron sha. Co. Ltd. 2009 (in Japanese) and a editorial supervised book, The Integrated Community Care System, Keio University Press, 2013 (in Japanese).


Nishimura, S., “The future of the National Dementia Strategy in Japan (4) Demographic change and dementia care in Japan: A viewpoint from economics,” Japanese Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(5), 563-570, 2016. [in Japanese]

Nishimura, S., “Population Aging and Housing Policy in Urban Areas of Japan,” Kikan Syakai Hosyo Kenkyu, 50 (3), 263-272, 2014. [in Japanese]

Ida, T., R. Goto, Y. Takahashi, and S. Nishimura, “Can Economic-psychological parameters predict successful smoking cessation?” Journal of Socio-Economics, 40 (3), 285-295, 2011

Goto, R., S. Nishimura, and T. Ida, “Discrete choice experiment of smoking cessation behavior in Japan," Tobacco Control, 16(5), 2007.

Nishimura S., and C. Zaher, "Cost impact of COPD in Japan: Opportunities and challenges?" Respirology, 9 (4), 466-473, 2004.

Tsuchiya, A., S. Ikeda, N. Ikegami, S. Nishimura, I. Sakai, T. Fukuda, C. Hamashima, A. Hisashige, and M. Tamura, “Estimating an EQ-5D population value set: the case of Japan", with Aki Tsuchiya and others, Health Economics, 11(4), 341-353, 2002.