Public Policy

Recent research on nursing policies is not only limited to the area of education and nursing, but is also required to bring together state-of-art findings from developmental science, medical science, and brain science, psychological and nursing research on child rearing and nursing, and the social-scientific analysis of philosophy, the study of history, economic science, political science, and social science. This center will take advantage of the resources of the University of Tokyo, which fosters the disciplines of humanism, social, nature, and multidisciplinary amalgamation, and furthers the development of research on nursing policy based on the state-of-art findings from each academic discipline. Moreover, we aim to present practical knowledge that can contribute to policy formation and implementation, make policy proposals, and to cultivate human resources that assumes these research and practices.


Previous research on nursing policies has been done mainly by researchers who specialize in child rearing and nursing, such as psychology and nursing, and practitioners who are associated with nursing centers and preschools. These researchers have contributed, to a certain extent, to the accumulation of knowledge on nursing policies based on practice and policy formation. On the other hand, we cannot necessarily say that the findings from developmental science, medical science, and brain science have been fully utilized in the development of policies. Moreover, even though social scientific research on the effects of early childhood education programs have been conducted in many other countries, as typified by James Heckman who won the Nobel Prize in Economics, Japan is still at a point where the number of social scientific researchers specializing in nursing and early education policies is extremely small.


The chief feature of this center is that it is an interdisciplinary organization, combining both humanities and sciences. In it, the division of policy research and other divisions, such as the department of developmental fundamental research, department of child rearing and nursing research, and department of human resources development will cooperate with one another. Capitalizing on these advantages, we will formulate an international hub of nursing policy research and contribute to Japanese nursing and early education policies by conducting case studies, including the comparison of domestic and international findings, conducting panel research and analyses of local communities, nursing centers and preschools, and enhance partnerships and interactions with researchers and research institutions abroad.