International Association of Rural Health and Medicine(IARM)

I am Shuzo Shintani elected IARM President in the Board Meeting & General Assembly in 2018 IARM Congress in Tokyo, Japan . I became President Elect at the previous 2015 Congress in Italy and became President after taking over from Prof. Hannich. I will uphold the responsibility of chairman over the next three years.


I graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1979, specializing in Neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Currently, I am a director of JA Toride Medical Center in Japan.


I am also President of Japanese Association of Rural Medicine (JARM) now. JARM was founded as 50th subcommittee meeting of the Japan Medical Association in 1952 and as of this year it has been an academic organization for 67 years. It has supported regional medicine all over Japan, mostly in rural areas, and comprehensively studying and practicing medical, health and welfare. As of 2018, It comprised 4,710 members such as the staff of the Kouseiren(厚生連)hospitals or university hospital or Institute from the whole country.


Currently in Japan the aging progresses and according to the latest information of this year (2018), the population over 65 years old is 28.1% which is of course the world highest. The second country is Italy (23.3%), the third is Portugal (21.9%), the fourth is Germany (21.7%), and the fifth is Finland (21.6%). Amidst this aging society, we are worried about how society and economic systems, especially the medical / nursing care system and the health / insurance system, should be maintained, as well as countries around the world where aging is progressing.


Among these challenges, Japan is a front runner facing these problems, and the first country with a population of over 100 million people with the highest aging rate in world history. In 2018 IARM Congress in Tokyo, we had discussed with you as a representative of Japan which has the highest aging population.


In addition, the International Association of Rural Health and Medicine (IARM) was founded in France in 1961 and has been working as an international organization of experts in rural medicine and health in cooperation with WHO, ILO, FAO and UNESCO. Japan takes a central role (secretariat function). The purpose of this society is to aim for sustainable development in the health, occupational and environmental sanitation of people living in rural and distant areas according to the goal of WHO, "Health for everyone in the 21st century". In accordance with the objectives of this IARM, I would like to develop IARM with close collaboration between countries.


Thank you for your support and cooperation.

With my best regards,

October 12, 2018

  DR. Shuzo Shintani
President, International Association of Rural Health and Medicine (IARM)
President, Japanese Association of Rural Medicine (JARM)
Director, JA Toride Medical Center, 2-1-1 Hongoh, Toride City, Ibaraki 302-0022, Japan

History  12 July 1961, Tours (France), at 1st International Congress of Rural Medicine, as International Association of Agricultural Medicine . Subsequently changed title to International Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health (IAAMRH) -- Association internationale de médecine agricole et de santé rurale , 1978. Current title adopted, 13 Oct 2009, when association was revived with relocation of Secretariat to Japan. Original statutes legally approved 23 June 1962.

Aims  Support the WHO goal of "Health for All in the 21st Century"; help improve the status of health of rural communities and protect the health of agricultural workers; help member organizations adopt a scientific approach in the field of agricultural medicine and rural health and assist in its practical application; establish effective collaboration with other branches of medicine, health, agricultural, environmental and other related sciences; study the effects of social, physical and environmental conditions on human health.

Structure  General Assembly (every 3 years at Congress); Executive Board; Presidency; Regional Chapters (4); Specialized commissions.

Languages  English.

Finance  Members' dues.

Consultative Status  ILO.

IGO Relations  Cooperates with a number of United Nations organizations, including:
-- FAO; -- UNESCO; -- WH

NGO Relations  Links with:
-- International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering ;
-- International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) .