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The University of Tokyo
Department of Mental Health, Graduate School of Medicine
Job title
Associate Professor
Master of Arts(Waseda University), Ph.D.(Waseda University)
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2014
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of South Australia
Oct 2006
Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2003
Mar 2007
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Mar 2005
Mar 2006
Guest Researcher, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Social Science, Utrecht University
Mar 2001
Apr 2003
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University


Apr 1994
Jun 2000
Department of Psychology, Graduate school of Literature, Waseda University
Apr 1989
Mar 1993
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature, Waseda University

Awards & Honors

Dec 2015
incentive award, The Japanese Association of Job Stress Research
May 2014
Incentive award, Japan Society for Occupational Health
Jul 2012
Shima Satoru Award, Japanese Society for Occupational Mental Health
May 2011
Excellent Presentation Award at the 84th annual conference of Japan Society for Occupational Health, Japan Society for Occupational Health
May 2011
International incentive Award, Japanese Psychological Association

Published Papers

Work engagement as a predictor of onset of major depressive episode (MDE) among workers, independent of psychological distress: A 3-year prospective cohort study.
Imamura, K., Kawakami, N., Inoue, A., Shimazu, A., Tsutsumi, A., Takahashi, M., & Totsuzaki, T.
PLOS One   in press    [Refereed]
Psychological detachment from work during nonwork time: Linear or curvilinear relations with mental health and work engagement.
Shimazu, A., Matsudaira, K., de Jonge, J., Tosaka, N., & Takahashi, M.
in press    [Refereed]
Validation of the Japanese version of the Job Crafting Scale. Journal of Occupational Health.
Eguchi, H., Shimazu, A., Bakker, A. B., Tims, M., Kamiyama, K., Hara, Y., Namba, K., Inoue, A., Ono, M., & Kawakami, N.
Journal of Occupational Health   in press    [Refereed]
DNA Methylation Status of the Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene is associated with Depressive Symptoms in Japanese Workers: A Cross-Sectional Study
Miyaki, K., Song, Y., Suzuki, T., Eguchi, H., Kawakami, N., Takahashi, M., Shimazu, A., Inoue, A., Kurioka, S., Kan, C., & Tsutsumi, A.
Journal of Neurology and Neurological Disorders   in press    [Refereed]
The moderating effect of health-improving workplace environment on promoting physical activity in white-collar employees: A multi-site longitudinal study using multi-level structural equation modeling.
Watanabe, K., Otsuka, Y., Shimazu, A., & Kawakami, N.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.   in press    [Refereed]
Epigenetic changes caused by occupational stress in humans revealed through noninvasive assessment of DNA methylation of the Tyrosine Hydroxylase Gene
Miyaki, K., Suzuki, T., Song, Y., Suzuki, T., Tsutsumi, A., Kawakami, N., Takahashi, M., Shimazu, A., Inoue, A., Kurioka, K., Kan, C., Sasaki, Y., Shimbo, T.
Journal of Neurology and Neurological Disorders   in press    [Refereed]
Relationship between sickness presenteeism (WHO-HPQ) with depression and sickness absence due to mental disease in a cohort of Japanese workers
Suzuki, T., Miyaki, K., Song, Y., Tsutsumi, A., Kawakami, N., Shimazu, A., Takahashi, M., Inoue, A., & Kurioka, S.
Journal of Affective Disorders.   in press    [Refereed]
Disabling low back pain associated with night shift duration: Sleep problems as a potentiator
Takahashi, M., Matsudaira, K., & Shimazu, A.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine   58 1300-1310   2015   [Refereed]
Association of job demands with work engagement of Japanese employees: Comparison of challenges with hindrances (J-HOPE).
Inoue, A., Kawakami, N., Tsutsumi, A., Shimazu, A., Miyaki, K., Takahashi, M., Kurioka, S., Eguchi, H., Tsuchiya, M., Enta, K., Kosugi, Y., Sakata, T., & Totsuzaki, T.
PLosOne   9(3)    2014
Work engagement versus workaholism: A test of the spillover-crossover model.
Bakker, A.B., Shimazu, A., Demerouti, E., Shimada, K., Kawakami, N.
Journal of Managerial Psychology   29 63-80   2014
Development of a short questionnaire to measure an extended set of job demands, job resources, and positive health outcomes: the New Brief Job Stress Questionnaire.
Inoue, A., Kawakami, N., Shimomitsu, T., Tsutsumi, A., Haratani, T., Yoshikawa, T., Shimazu, A., & Odagiri, Y.
Industial Health.   52 175-189   2014
Workaholism as a risk factor for depressive mood, disabling back pain, and sickness absence
Matsudaira K, Shimazu A, Fujii T, Kubota K, Sawada T, Kikuchi N, Takahashi M
e75140. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075140      Sep 2013   [Refereed]
Work-self balance: A longitudinal study on the effects of job demands and resources on personal functioning in Japanese working parents
Demerouti E, Shimazu A, Bakker A, Shimada K, Kawakami N
Work & Stress   27(3) 223-243   Sep 2013   [Refereed]
Inoue A, Kawakami N, Tsuno K, Shimazu A, Tomioka K, Nakanishi M
International archives of occupational and environmental health   86(4) 441-449   May 2013   [Refereed]
Miyaki K, Song Y, Taneichi S, Tsutsumi A, Hashimoto H, Kawakami N, Takahashi M, Shimazu A, Inoue A, Kurioka S, Shimbo T
International journal of environmental research and public health   10 980-993   Mar 2013   [Refereed]
Miyaki K, Song Y, Taneichi S, Tsutsumi A, Hashimoto H, Kawakami N, Takahashi M, Shimazu A, Inoue A, Kurioka S, Shimbo T
Nutrients   5 565-578   Feb 2013   [Refereed]
Effects on employees of controlling working hours and working schedules.
Kubo T, Takahashi M, Togo F, Liu X, Shimazu A, Tanaka K, Takaya M.
Occupational Medicine   63(2) 148-151   Jan 2013   [Refereed]
Japanese dietary pattern consistently relates to low depressive symptoms and it is modified by job strain and worksite supports.
Suzuki, T., Miyaki, K., Tsutsumi, A., Hashimoto, H., Kawakami, N., Takahashi, M., Shimazu, A., Inoue, A., Kurioka, S., Kakehashi, M., Sasaki, Y., Shimbo, T. & For the J-HOPE study group (the Japanese study of Health, Occupation, and Psychosocial factors related Equity).
Journal of Affective Disorders.   150 490-498   2013   [Refereed]
Balancing between work, family and the self: A longitudinal study among Japanese working parents.
Demerouti, E., Shimazu, A., Bakker, A., Shimada, K., Kawakami, N.
Work Stress   in press    2013   [Refereed]
Work-to-family conflict and family-to-work conflict among Japanese dual-earner couples with preschool children: A spillover-crossover perspective
Shimazu, A., Kubota, K., Bakker, A.B., Demerouti, E.
Journal of Occupational Health   55 234-243   2013   [Refereed]


Establishment of a Core Curriculum in Behavioral Science in Japan: The Importance of such a Curriculum from the Perspective of Psychology.
Shimazu, A., & Nakao, M.
BioPsychoSocial Medicine   in press 
科学的根拠に基づいた職場のメンタルヘルスの第一次予防のガイドライン 職場のメンタルヘルスのための職場環境改善の評価と改善に関するガイドライン
吉川 徹, 吉川 悦子, 土屋 政雄, 小林 由佳, 島津 明人, 堤 明純, 小田切 優子, 小木 和孝, 川上 憲人
産業ストレス研究   20(2) 135-145   Apr 2013
科学的根拠に基づいた職場のメンタルヘルスの第一次予防のガイドライン 職場のメンタルヘルスのためのセルフケア教育のガイドライン
産業ストレス研究   20(2) 127-133   Apr 2013
労働の科学   68 8-11   2013
36(4) 52-63   2013
スピルオーバー-クロ スオーバーモデル
Bakker AB, Demerouti E, 島津明人
産業ストレス研究   20(253) 265   2013
Work engagement: A literature review on current situation and future directions
SHIMAZU Akihito, EGUCHI Hisashi
Occupational health review   25 79-97   Aug 2012
Psychosocial mecanisms of the relationship between social inequity and health: A test of mediating effect of job demands and resource
SHIMAZU Akihito, KUBOTA Kazumi, TAKADA Masato, KAWAKAMI Norito
The Japanese journal of stress sciences   27 60-66   Jul 2012
産業ストレス研究   19(3) 265   Jul 2012
SHIMAZU Akihito, IMAMURA Koutarou
臨床精神医学   41 1601-1606   2012
Job stress research   18 303-307   Nov 2011
Why Japanese workers show low work engagement? An Item Response Theory analysis of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale.
Shimazu, A., Schaufeli, W. B., Miyanaka, M., & Iwata, N.
4-17   2010
21. Shimazu, A., Miyanaka, D., & Schaufeli, W. B.
21. Shimazu, A., Miyanaka, D., & Schaufeli, W. B.
Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice.   364-372   2010
The Push and Pull of Work: About the Difference between Workaholism and Work Engagement. In A.B. Bakker & M.P. Leiter (Eds.), Work engagement: A handbook of essential theory and research
16. Taris, T. W., Schaufeli, W. B., & Shimazu, A.
New York: Psychology Press.   39-53   2010
Individual- and Organizational-focused approaches in terms of Work Engagement
Japanese Journal of General Hospital Psychiatry   22 20-26   2010
島津 明人, Schaufeli Wilmar B.
ストレス科学   24(3) 181-187   Dec 2009
Job stress research   16 245-249   Oct 2009
job stress research   16 131-138   Jul 2009
The Japanese journal of stress sciences   23(4) 274-279   Mar 2009
Towards a Positive Occupational Health Psychology
Shimazu, A., Schaufeli, W. B.
Japanese Journal of Stress Science   24 181-187   2009

Books etc

Heavy work investment: Its nature, sources, outcomes, and future directions
I. Harpaz & R. Snir (Eds.) (Part:Joint Work, How workaholism affects employees and their families.)
New York: Taylor & Francis   2015   
Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific.
D. Maureen, A. Shimazu, R. B. Nordin, P. Brough & M. Tuckey. (Eds) (Part:Joint Work, Workaholism in Japanese workers.)
New York: Springer.   2014   
Work engagement: A handbook of essential theory and research
Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice.
Albrecht, S. (Ed) (Part:Joint Work, Work engagement from a cultural perspective.)
Edward-Elgar   2010   ISBN:1841697362
Work engagement: A handbook of essential theory and research
A.B. Bakker & M.P. Leiter(Eds.) (Part:Joint Work, The Push and Pull of Work: About the Difference between Workaholism and Work Engagement.)
Psychology Press   2010   ISBN:184844821X
A Psychological study of Job Stress-a guide to Job Mental health Scale-
Public Halth Research Foundation   1997   
Handbook of Research on Work-Life Balance in Asia
C. L., Cooper, & L. Luo (Eds) (Part:Contributor, Heavy work investment and work-family balance among Japanese dual-earner couples.)
Elgar Publishing Ltd.   2015   

Research Grants & Projects

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(若手研究(B))
Project Year: Apr 2007 - Mar 2010    Investigator(s): Akikhito SHIMAZU
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of work-life balance in the relationship between job stress and worker well-being as individual factors. Literature review and cross-sectional and longitudinal studies confirmed the health impairme...
Study on Psychological Stress
Study on Mental Health of Employee
Theoretical study on occupational stress
Project Year: 1999