Strategic Management and Communications of Health Risks: International Comparative Study

Research Project , Research Report 2007

Hajime SATO  Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine,The University of Tokyo


The study aims to examine the successes and failures of asbestos regulation and those of the BSE-related policies from an international comparative perspective, and to distill policy lessons for the strategic management of future and present health risks. Special focus is placed on the analysis of scientific arguments in policy discussion as well as in risk communications, since they can be instrumentally employed to justify certain policy alternatives to accomplish a set of objectives, such as safety, reassurance, and the protection of economic interests. This report presents part of the results from the study: Comparison of BSE-related policy in Japan, the UK, and France.