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Fumihiko YOKOTA

「写真:Fumihiko YOKOTA」

Associate Prof., Research Promotion Coordinator

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Research Area:Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health

Career Summary:

In 1996, I met Mather Teresa in Calcutta, India. My two-month volunteer experience at Mother Teresa’s House paved my way to pursue an area of public health and development. I received a master of public health from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, and a PhD in tropical medicine and public health from Tulane University, Louisiana in 2007. Since then, I have been an epidemiology consultant at the Asian Development Bank and involved in national HIV / AIDS prevention projects in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea at the Clinton Foundation (international NGO). In 2015, I joined in Kyushu University, the Institute of Decision Science for a Sustainable Society as a lecturer. Currently I worked at Kyushu University, the Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies as an associate professor.


I have involved in infectious disease prevention research including testing, diagnosis and treatment services for vulnerable groups (immigrants, homosexuals, transgenders, sex workers) who are at higher risk of HIV transmission in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Using a network sampling method called Responding Driven Sampling (RDS), we have recruited, interviewed and tested these “Hard-to-Reach Populations” (N>1,000) for HIV/sexually transmitted disease. The analysis results were incorporated into the HIV/AIDS prevention policy of the Ministry of Health in Indonesia. In PNG, I have integrated and analyzed HIV/AIDS patient data (passive survey data) from more than 100 hospitals and clinics in all 21 states for pregnant women, sexually-transmitted diseases (STD), and tuberculosis patients, as well as active surveillance data led by the Ministry of Health. I produced the 2007-2010 National HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report and engaged in policy recommendations for infectious disease prevention. At Kyushu University, I engaged in a trans-disciplinary research to investigate the effect of online telemedicine and empirical research to prevent lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and COVID-19 in anticipation of the aging of Asian countries as a whole. As one of the trans-disciplinary research members consisting of clinical, public health, ICT, biotechnology, nursing, and sociology, from a field-oriented and bottom-up perspective, I have a strong interest in Public-Private Partnership, SDGs, problem-solving research.

Relevant Countries in Asia & Oceania:

India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Papua New Guinea

Committee roles and Outreach activities:

Japan Association for Medical Informatics (JAMI), Gerontology Society of America (GSA), Japan Association for International Health (JAIH), International Social Science Council (ISSC), American Public Health Association (APHA)


My seven- and five-years old sons, my wife and I all love Itoshima and Fukuoka. I have visited more than 50 countries in the world, and I am grateful for being surrounded by such a wonderful environment and wonderful people. I cherish the once-in-a-lifetime experience, and as a member of the Q-AOS team, I hope that I can serve and contribute as much as possible with Kyushu University and global society at large.

List of Selected Publications:

Yokota F, Biyani M, Islam RM, Ahmed A, Nishikitani M, Kikuchi K, Izukura R, Nohara Y, Nakashima N. Co-design, co-production, and co-evaluation processes for a mobile health check-up research project in Jaipur India: Case study of the Portable Health Clinic, 2016-2020. Decision Science for Future Earth: Theory and Practice. Chapter 3, Springer. ISBN:9789811586316. 2021.
Kikuchi K, Sato Y, Izukura R, Nishikitani M, Kato K, Morokuma S, Nessa M, Nohara Y, Yokota F, Ahmed A, RM Islam, Nakashima N. Portable Health Clinic for Sustainable Care of Mothers and Newborns in Rural Bangladesh. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine. 2021.
Hanamatsu Y, Fujiwara T, Onda N, Sato T, Yamashita T, Yokota F. How can we develop a co-design, co-production, and co-delivery process toward a sustainable local society?: Comparative study on transdisciplinary research projects. Decision Science for Future Earth: Theory and Practice. Chapter 4, Springer. ISBN:9789811586316. 2021.
Yokota F, Biyani M, Hu Y, Kikuchi K, Shah F, Yasuoka J, Nanishi K, Alcoba R, Noureen A. PHC and case studies of remote healthcare services in Asian countries. Mobile Technologies for Delivering Healthcare in Remote, Rural or Developing Regions. Healthcare Technologies. Chapter 9. IET Book. ISBN-13: 978-1-83953-047-0. 2020.
Sampa MB, Hoque MR, Islam R, Nishikitani M, Nakashima N, Yokota F, Kikuchi K, Rahman MM, Shah F, Ahmed A. Redesigning Portable Health Clinic Platform as a Remote Healthcare System to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic Situation in Unreached Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17,4709. 2020.
Hasan M, Yokota F, Islam M, Hisazumi K, Fukuda A, Ahmed A. A Predictive Model for Height Tracking in an Adult Male Population in Bangladesh to Reduce Input Errors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17,1806;2020. doi:10.3390/ijerph17051806.
Sampa MB, Hossain MN, Hoque MR, Islam R, Yokota F, Nishikitani M, Fukuda A, Ahmed A. Influence of factors on the adoption and use of ICT-based eHealth technology by urban corporate people. Journal of Service Science and Management. 13:1-19.2020.
Sampa MB, Hossain MN, Hoque MR, Islam R, Islam RM, Yokota F, Nishikitani M, Ahmed A. Blood Uric Acid Prediction Model through Machine Learning Approaches. Journal of Medical Internet Research.8(10):e18331. 2020.
Hasan M, Islam R, Yokota F, Nishikitani M, Fukuda A, Ahmed A. Growth Characteristics of Age and Gender-based Anthropometric Data from Human Assisted Remote Healthcare System. International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications.10(3):615-619.2019.
Yokota F, Biyani M, Islam R, Ahmed A, Nishikitani M, Kikuchi K, Nohara Y, and Nakashima N. Lessons learned from co-design and co-production in a portable health clinic research project in Jaipur District, India (2016-2018). Sustainability. 10 (11): 4148. 2018.
Yokota F, Ahmed A, Islam R, Nishikitani M, Kikuchi K, Nohara Y, Okajima H, Kitaoka H, Nakashima N. The relationship and risk factors associated with hypertension, diabetes, and proteinuria among adults from Bheramara Upazila, Bangladesh: Findings from Portable Health Clinic Data, 2013-2016. International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences. 7 (2): 1-12. 2018
Hossain N, Yokota F, Sultana N. and Ahmed A. Factors influencing rural end-users’ acceptance of e-Health in developing countries: A study on Portable Health Clinic in Bangladesh. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2018. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2018.0039.
Hossain N, Sampa M, Yokota F, Fukuda A. and Ahmed A. Factors affecting rural patients’ primary compliance with e-Prescription: A developing country perspective. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2018. Doi: 10.1089/tmj.2018.0081.
Kikuchi K, Ayer R, Okawa S, Nishikitani M, Yokota F, Jimba M. and Nakashima N. Interventions integrating non-communicable disease prevention and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: A systematic review. Biosci Trends. 12 (2): 116-125. 2018.
Kikuchi K, Yasuoka J, Nanishi K, Ahmed A, Nohara Y, Nishikitani M, Yokota F, Mizutani T. and Nakashima N. Postnatal care could be the key to improving the continuum of care in maternal and child health in Ratanakiri, Cambodia. PLoS One. 13 (6): e0198829. 2018
Furukawa Y, Yokota F, Islam R, Nishikitani M, Kikuchi K, Ahmed A, Nakashima N. School-based educational intervention to improve children’s oral health-related behaviors in rural Bangladesh. South East Asia Journal of Public Health. 7 (2): 27-33. 2017
Yokota F. and Vanlandingham M. Gender differences in stigma and community support among people living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Stigma, Discrimination and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Chapter 23, Springer. 2013. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6324-1_23.
Nemoto T, Iwamoto M, Morris A, Yokota F. and Wada K. Substance use and sexual behaviors among Japanese tourists, students, and temporary workers in Honolulu, Hawaii. AIDS Education and Prevention. 19 (1): 68-81. 2007
VanLandingham M, Im-em W, and Yokota F. Access to Treatment and Care Associated with HIV Infection among Members of AIDS Support Groups in Thailand. AIDS Care. 18 (7): 637-646. 2006.
Yokota F. Sex Behavior of Male Japanese Tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 8 (2): 115-131. 2006
Nemoto T, Yokota F, Hanafusa K, and Wada K. HIV Related Risk Behaviors among Japanese Tourists in the Khaosan Road Area, Bangkok, Thailand. AIDS & Behavior. 6 (3): 245-253. 2002.