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Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University


Yumika SHIRASE graduated from Hitotsubashi University with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Social Sciences. She also studied social policy and social work at the University of Birmingham in the UK, which motivated her to explore the development of health and social care policy in the UK and Japan. After she earned a Doctor of Social Sciences degree at Hitotsubashi University in 2006, she started working for the Health Care Science Institute. From 2007 to 2009 she was a lecturer of social policy at Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University, and then became a researcher at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in 2009. She served at Hitotsubashi University as an Associate Professor from 2015 to 2017 and took up her current post in April 2017. Her research interests are the delivery of health and social care services, quality of care, and inter-professional collaboration.


Shirase, Y. “The transformation of support approaches under the Japanese social security system”, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (Ed) Livelihood Support in Local Communities: The Role of Municipalities and Their Collaborative Partners, University of Tokyo Press, 2018 (in Japanese).

Matsumoto, K. ed., Healthcare System Reform: Comparative Analysis of Germany, France, and UK and Implications for Japan, Junposya, 2015 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y. “Direction of healthcare in local community: a discussion based on the analysis of changes that NHS, UK, went through,” Nakagawa, K and T. Umehashi (Eds) Social Policy for Livelihood Security and Supports, Akashi-Shoten, 2011 (in Japaneseaa).



Shirase, Y., “The Payment System of the National Health Service in England,” Kenporen-Kaigai-Iryohosho, 111, 20-27, 2016 (in Japaneseaa).

Shirase, Y., “The Regulatory System for Social Care Providers in England: Current Issues on the Care Quality Commission,” Quarterly of Social Security Research, 48 (2), 175-185, 2012 (in Japaneseaa).

Shirase, Y., “Discharge Support System and Health and Social Care Partnerships in England,” Social Policy & Labor Studies, 3(3), 68-77, 2012 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “Extended Role of Nurses in the UK: A Study on the Introduction of Nurse Prescribers,” Social Policy & Labor Studies, 3(1), 102-112, 2011 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “Professional Qualification Systems and Role Sharing between Doctors and Nurses in the UK,” The Review of Comparative Social Security Research, 174, 52-63, 2011 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “The Introduction of Physician Assistants and Team Working in British Health Care,” Journal of Japan Surgical Society, 111 (1), 61-65, 2010 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “The Growth and Functional Differentiation of the Home Nursing Service in England,” Doshisha University Policy Studies, 2, 63-77, 2008 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “The Development of Community Medicine in Post-war Britain: A Case Study on Birmingham from 1948-74,” Journal of Health Care and Society, 17 (3), 315-327, 2007 (in Japanese).

Shirase, Y., “The Formation of the Local Health Authority Services in Britain: One Aspect of Creating the NHS,” Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, 586+587, 34-46, 2007 (in Japanese).


【Scientific Research Funds Results】

2015-2017 Theoretical and Empirical Study on the Living Condition of Older People and Desired Quality of Home Care Link
2012-2014 The Development of Community-based Support Services for Older People – Comparative Study between the UK and Japan Link
2008-2011 The Transformation of Regionalism and Inter-sectional Collaboration in the British Health Care System Link

Detailed profile (HRI: Hitotsubashi Researchers Information)