College of Social Sciences, Professor

Ryozo Matsuda is Professor of Community Health and Health Policy at the College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University. Before joining Ritsumeikan, he conducted research in collaboration with local public health departments at the Nara Medical University. His current main field is comparative health policy and systems research with focus on developed countries. He has also been continuously involved in policy research relevant to equity in health, inclusive health care, and the right to health. He has published a number of journal papers and book chapters, and edited books on health and social policy, and is currently serving as the president of the Japanese Society for the Political Economy of Health and Health Care.

Education and Professional Career

M. Sc. in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, University of London, 2002
Ph.D. in Medical Science, Nara Medical University, 1999
B.A. in Medicine, Kyoto University, 1998

Field of Specialization, Area of Research

comparative health care; institutions and care systems; user empowerment in health and social care; health policy; social policy; medical sociology

Research Achievements


  • Matsuda, R. (2011) Accumulation, Synthesis, and Share of Current Public Health Knowledge: Learning from policy development in the United Kingdom? Public Health. 75(9), 695-699[in Japanese].
  • Matsuda, R. (2011) Towards deliberative and reflective health policy making, in National Institute for Research Advancement (2011) Reconciling Autonomy and Solidarity, Tokyo: NIRA, pp.77-92[in Japanese].
  • Matsuda, R. (2010) Changes in responsibilities for health care and funding mechanisms by the 2006 health care reform. The Japanese journal of health and medical sociology 21(1), 1-8 [in Japanese].
  • Matsuda, R.(2010) Life-style choices and falls, in Katsunori Kondo ed.(2010) Health Inequalities in Japan: An Empirical Study of Older People. Balwyn North, Trans Pacific Press, pp.37-50.
  • Tatara K, Okamoto E. (edited by Salla Allin and Ryozo Matsuda)(2009) Japan: Health system review. Health Systems in Transition, 11(5):1-164.
  • Matsuda, R. ed. (2009) Setting agenda for equity in health and health care: learning from UK, US, and other countries’ experiences. Tokyo: Keiso-shobo [in Japanese]
  • Matsuda, R (2009) Health Care Policy of the New Government, Health Policy Monitor, October 2009. Available at


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