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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 820345, 4 pages
Review Article

Nursing Leadership in a Rapidly Aging Society: Implications of “The Future of Nursing” Report in Japan

1Graduate School of Nursing, Chiba University, 1-8-1 Inohana Chuo-ku, Chiba 260-8672, Japan
2College of Nursing, Washington State University, P.O. Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210-1495, USA

Received 8 February 2012; Accepted 11 April 2012

Academic Editor: Alan Pearson

Copyright © 2012 Harue Masaki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The recent US Institute of Medicine (IOM) report about the future of nursing highlights the areas where nurses can serve, contribute, and move forward to improve health care in the United States. Japanese nursing scholars examined the IOM report for its implications in the Japanese context and explored the future of nursing in Japan. The purpose of this paper is to provide support for the premise that the report’s recommendations could have implications for the future of nursing outside of the United States, especially in Japan. Particular areas and activities by nurses in Japan will be presented as examples of nurses taking leadership in designing care for the rapidly aging society of Japan.