Kagawa Nutrition University
Shigeji Miyagi, Ph.D.
Health Administration
Outline of Research Activities

Short Profile

Professor Shigeji Miyagi received his Batchelor of Health Science degree from the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Faculty of Medicine, Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of Tokyo.
Dr. Miyagi is now a professor of Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Kagawa Nutrition University (KNU). He was the Director of KNU’s Center for International Affairs for three years, and assumed the chairmanship of the Working Committee of the 39th Conference of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH), which was hosted by KNU in 2007.
Dr. Miyagi’s research interests include health statistics, evaluation of health care activities, health care administration for the elderly, and the epidemiology of health risk factors. Recently, he has become particularly interested in the relationship between longevity and lifestyle habits, including dietary habits, in Okinawa, Japan.

Recent Publications


Prevalence and risk factors for low back pain among professional cooks working in school lunch services. M. Nagasu, K. Sakai, A. Ito, A. Tomita, Y. Temmyo,M. Ueno and S. Miyagi. BMC Public Health, 2007,7: 171(1-10).

Comparison of selectrocardiogram fingngs and lifestyles between urbanized people and ger-living people in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. F. Komatsu, K. Hasegawa, S. Watanabe, T. Kawabata, Y. Yanagisawa, Y. Kaneko, S. Miyagi, M. Sakuma, Y. Kagawa , C. Ulziiburen and L. Narantuya. Atherosclerosis, 2004, 175:101-108.

Prevalence of diego blood group Dia antigen in Mongolians: Comparison with that in Japanese. F. Komatsu, K. Hasegawa, Y. Yanagisawa, T. Kawabata, Y. Kaneko, S. Watanabe, S. Miyagi, M. Sakuma, Y. Kagawa and M. Kajiwara. Transfusion and Apheresis Science 2004, Vol.30:119-124.

Longevity and Diet in Okinawa, Japan: The past, present and Future. S. Miyagi, N. Iwama T. Kawabata and K. Hasegawa. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 2003, Vol.15 (Supplement): s3-s9.

Uncoupling protein 3 and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ2 contribute to obesity and diabetes in Palauans. Y. Yanagisawa, K. Hasegawa, G. J. Dever, C. tym, O.Otto, M. Sakuma, S. Shibata, S. Miyagi, Y. Kaneko and Y. Kagawa. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2001, 281:772-778.

Why Japanese live longer than other peoples: A review of the leading causes of death and dietry life in Japan and Okianwa since the end of World War Two. Shigeji Miyagi. Journal of Kagawa Nutrition University 2000, Vol.31: 61-73.

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