Is the reported high mortality from cerebrovascular disease in Japan really an artefact?

Abraham Kagan, Katsuhiko Yano, George G. Rhoads, Hiroo Kato

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Cerebral hemorrhage is clearly over-represented in the mortality statistics in Japan. Cerebral thromboembolism is the most frequent type of cerebral vascular disease in Japan as elsewhere. Despite a steady decline of stroke mortality since 1966, cerebral vascular disease is currently as common as malignant neoplasms as a cause of death in Japan. The mortality, prevalence and incidence rates for stroke are undoubtedly higher in Japan than in the U.S. This is true even when the comparison is limited to Americans of Japanese ancestry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chronic Diseases
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology

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