Although the incidence and mortality from stroke have decreased in Japan over the past 30 to 40 years,1,2 it remains a leading cause of death and disability. Stroke in Japan differs from Western patterns in the high prevalence of lacunar stroke (38.8%)3 and the high incidence of intracerebral hemorrhage, especially among men (130 per 100 000 person-years for men and 70 per 100 000 person-years for women).1
Given the magnitude of the stroke problem, we are delighted to launch a Stroke in Japanese edition under the leadership of Professor Takehiko Yanagihara as Editor. Professor Yanagihara graduated in medicine from the University of Osaka, trained in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, and pursued advanced training at the Institute of Neurology in London (UK) and the University of Goteborg (Sweden). He reached the rank of full professor as a member of the faculty at the Mayo Medical School and was Professor and Chair of Neurology at Osaka University Medical School from 1991 to 1999. Professor Yanagihara has been an admired colleague and a valued member of the Editorial Board of Stroke.
Through Stroke in Japanese, we aim to reach a wider readership and to further encourage authors from Japan to submit manuscripts to Stroke. After European and North American contributions, Japanese authors represent the largest group submitting original work to Stroke.
- Accepted March 23, 2006.
Kubo M, Kiyohara Y, Kato I, Tanizaki Y, Arima H, Tanaka K, Nakamura H, Okubo K, Iida M. Trend in the incidence, mortality, and survival rate of cardiovascular disease in a Japanese community. The Hisayama study. Stroke. 2003; 34: 2349–2354.
Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Census for Mortality in Cardiovascular-Cerebrovascular Diseases (in Japanese). Available at: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/saikin/hw/jinkow/tokusyu/sinno05/index.html. Accessed on March 9, 2006.
Kimura K, Kazui S, Minematsu K, Yamaguchi T; for the Japan Multicenter Stroke Investigators’ Collaboration (J-MUSIC). Analysis of 16 922 patients with acute ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack in Japan. A hospital-based prospective registration study. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2004; 18: 47–56.