Yoshitake Yokokura, M.D.

Yoshitake Yokokura, M.D.
President, Japan Medical Association
President, World Medical Association


The Japan Medical Association (JMA) and the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences (JAMS) are launching the JMA Journal, an official English medical journal.
Since the inception of the Asian Medical Journal in 1958 (renamed JMAJ in 2001), the JMA has been publishing Japanese medical studies and its activities in English.
With due consideration of the environment of global health and medical information provisions, the JMA Journal, a peer-reviewed publication, will be issued with the cooperation of the JAMS, as a new global platform for information dissemination, in place of the traditional JMAJ but continuing its traditions.
The new journal will cover all aspects of medicine and medical care, and will include contributions from medical researchers and healthcare professionals in Japan and elsewhere, on a wide range of areas, including original work, health policy, global health, and other commentary.
The editors-in-chief are Dr. Yutaka Atomi, President of Kyorin University and Dr. Tsuguya Fukui, President of St. Luke’s International Hospital, and the advisory board and editorial board will be made up of a group of prominent researchers worldwide.
The publication of this type of comprehensive medical journal is the first challenge in Japan. We sincerely hope that the JMA Journal will promote international medical science and contribute to the improvement of the quality of health care by being read and cited by many people.

About JMA Journal

Aims and Scope

The JMA Journal is the official peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Japan Medical Association and the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences. The journal publishes review articles, original research articles, clinical trials, guidelines, opinions, short communications, images, case reports, letters to the editor. The JMA Journal is broadly international both in its perspective and the country of origin of the authors it publishes. The journal’s remit, through the publication of high-quality research, is to contribute to the global improvement of medical standards. The JMA Journal accepts articles related to medical science and medical care including clinical and basic medical science as well as public health. The journal also welcomes non-clinical studies such as health policy and opinion. All unsolicited articles receive a full and extensive peer review by recognized subject experts.

Publisher: Japan Medical Association / The Japanese Associaiton of Medical Sciences
PRINT ISSN: 2433-328X
ONLINE ISSN: 2433-3298

Editorial Board

Editorial Board as of January 5, 2018

Editors in Chief

Yutaka Atomi

Yutaka Atomi, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
President, Kyorin University

Tsuguya Fukui

Tsuguya Fukui, MD, MPH, PhD
President, St. Luke’s International Hospital

Deputy Editor

Takashi Igarashi

Takashi Igarashi, MD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Child Health and Development
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University, Pediatrics

Honorary Editors

Yoshitake Yokokura

Yoshitake Yokokura, MD, PhD
President, Japan Medical Association
President, World Medical Association
President, Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania

Morito Monden

Morito Monden, MD, PhD
President, The Japanese Association of Medical Sciences

Advisory Board

R. Alta Charo, JD
Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

Sun Whe Kim, MD, PhD
Professor, Seoul National University College of Medicine

Reiko Kishi, MD, PhD, MPH
Eminent Professor, Hokkaido University Center for Environmental and Health Sciences

Yoshinori Ohsumi, PhD
Honorary Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Peter Piot, MD, PhD
Director of the School and a Handa Professor of Global Health, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Junichi Sadoshima, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Takao Shimizu, MD, PhD
Project Leader, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Thomas C. Südhof, MD
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University

Keizo Takemi, LLM
Member of the House of Councillors

Rajesh Thakker, MD, FRS
May Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford

Yasunori Yoshimura, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Keio University

Associate Editors

Hiroyoshi Endo

Hiroyoshi Endo, MD, MPH, PhD
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
St. Luke's International University

Tetsuya Ishii

Tetsuya Ishii, PhD
Professor, Office of Health and Safety, Hokkaido University

Mitsuaki Isobe

Mitsuaki Isobe, MD
President, Sakakibara Heart Institute
Japan Research Promotion Society for Cardiovascular Diseases

Seiichi Matsuo

Seiichi Matsuo, MD, PhD
President, Nagoya University

Mari Michinaga

Mari Michinaga, MD
Exevutive Board Member, Japan Medical Association

Masaru Mimura

Masaru Mimura, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine

Masaki Mori

Masaki Mori, MD, PhD, FACS
Chairman & Professor of Gastroenterological Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine Osaka University

Yoshimi Takai

Yoshimi Takai, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Pathogenetic Signaling, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine

Kenji Toba

Kenji Toba, MD
President, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology


Itaru Endo, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine

Koichi Hagiwara, MD, PhD
Professor, Jichi Medical University

Masayoshi Harigai, MD, PhD
Endowed Professor, Institute of Rheumatology, Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Toyoshi Hosokawa, MD, PhD
Professor of the Department of Pain Management & Palliative Care Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

Shuichi Ito, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Yokohama City University, Graduate School of Medicine

Susumu Kusunoki, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine

Yasuko Mori, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Clinical Virology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine

Naoya Sakamoto, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Shinichi Sato, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

Tomofumi Sone, MD, MPH, DrMedSci.
Vice President, National Institute of Public Health

Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD
Professor, Keio University School of Medicine

Yasuo Uchiyama, MD, PhD
Professor, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine

Kohjiro Ueki, MD, PhD
Director of Diabetes Research Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Shin Ushiro, MD, PhD
Professor and Director, Kyushu University Hospital

Zentaro Yamagata, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Yamanashi


Akira Akabayashi, MD, PhD
Professor, The University of Tokyo

Chiaki Kagawa
Professor Emeritus, University of Yamanashi

Mahbub A. H. M. Latif, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics, St. Luke's International University

Masahide Takahashi, MD, PhD
Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

JMA Officers in Charge

Satoshi Imamura, MD

Kenji Matsubara, MD

Mari Michinaga, MD
Executive Board Member

Yutaka Hatori, MD
Executive Board Member