Mariko Kanamori

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Mariko Kanamori | JSPS Research Fellow (PD) | Public Health,Social Epidemiology

My research has focused on health inequalities and social determinants of health, specifically the suicide gap between urban and rural areas, and the underlying social structure. The project examines how residential contextual level factors differently influence suicide by country of birth. Also, I just have launched a project on the coexistence of humans and animals from the perspective of social capital and mental health.


E-Mail: kanamori.mariko.50s[at]

Profile in Japanese language


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University, 2015
Master of Public Health, the University of Tokyo, 2018
Doctor of Philosophy, the University of Tokyo, 2022

Clinical Veterinarian, Hokkaido Higashi Nogyo Kyosai Kumiai (Agricultural Insurance Association), 2015 - 2017
Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2019 - 2022
Visiting Researcher, Stockholm University, 2019 - Present
Visiting Researcher. Department of Health and Social Behavior, the University of Tokyo, 2022 - Present
Collaborator. Department of Social Epidemiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2022 - Present
Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science、2022 - Present

Doctoral dissertation:

Mariko Kanamori. (2022). The impact of rural context on suicide mortality and its potential mechanisms: A Swedish registry based multilevel cohort study focusing on country of birth. Doctoral dissertation in Medicine. The University of Tokyo. Tokyo. 162 pages.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Kota Ninomiya, Mariko Kanamori, Naomi Ikeda, Kazuaki Jindai, Yura K Ko, Kanako Otani, Yuki Furuse, Hiroki Akaba, Reiko Miyahara, Mayuko Saito, Hitoshi Oshitani. (2022). Integration of publicly available case-based data for real-time coronavirus disease 2019 risk assessment, Japan. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response, 13(1), 1–6.

Mariko Kanamori, Masamichi Hanazato, Daisuke Takagi, Katsunori Kondo, Toshiyuki Ojima, Airi Amemiya, Naoki Kondo. (2021). Differences in depressive symptoms by rurality in Japan: A cross-sectional multilevel study using different aggregation units of municipalities and neighborhoods (JAGES). International Journal of Health Geographics, 20: 42.

Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo, Sol P. Juárez, Agneta Cederström, Andrew Stickley, Mikael Rostila. (2022). Does increased migration affect the rural–urban divide in suicide? A register-based repeated cohort study in Sweden from 1991 to 2015. Population, Space and Place, 28: e2503.

Mariko Kanamori, Masamichi Hanazato, Katsunori Kondo, Andrew Stickley, Naoki Kondo. (2021). Neighborhood farm density, types of agriculture, and depressive symptoms among older farmers: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 21: 440.

Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo, Sol Juarez, Andrea Dunlavy, Agneta Cederström, Mikael Rostila. (2020). Rural life and suicide: does the effect of the community context vary by country of birth? A Swedish registry-based multilevel cohort study. Social Science & Medicine, 253: 112958.

Koryu Sato, Airi Amemiya, Maho Haseda, Daisuke Takagi, Mariko Kanamori, Katsunori Kondo, Naoki Kondo. (2020). Post-disaster Changes in Social Capital and Mental Health: A Natural Experiment from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. American Journal of Epidemiology, 189(9): 910–921.

Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo, Yasuhide Nakamura. (2021). Infant mortality rates for farming and unemployed households in the Japanese prefectures: An ecological time trend analysis, 1999-2017. Journal of Epidemiology, 31: 43–51.

Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo. (2020). Suicide and Types of Agriculture: A Time-Series Analysis in Japan. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50: 122–137.

Peer Reviewed Publications (Japanese language):

Marisa Nishio, Maho Haseda, Mariko Kanamori, Yuki Arakawa, Naoki Kondo. (2022). The concept of social determinants of health in health promotion policies in Thailand, Sweden, England, USA, and Japan: A narrative review [Japanese language]. Japanese Journal of Public Health, Early View.

Naomi Morita, Mariko Kanamori, Masahiro Nochi, Naoki Kondo. (2021). A mixed methods study on specifying the inhibitory factors to access medical services and effective support for foreign residents living in Japan [Japanese language]. Journal of International Health, 36(3): 107–121.


2022 Top Cited Article 2020-2021
Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo. (2020). Suicide and Types of Agriculture: A Time-Series Analysis in Japan. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50: 122–137.

2022 12th IKUSHI Prize by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
This is the most prestigious award for doctoral students in all academic fields in Japan. The Japanese Emperor encourage the awarded students. Research theme: Identifying the social determinants of suicide in rural areas and developing a community empowerment model for suicide prevention.

2020 Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019
Mariko Kanamori, Naoki Kondo. (2020). Suicide and Types of Agriculture: A Time-Series Analysis in Japan. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50: 122–137.