On July 31, Japan’s Ministry of Health announced that the average life expectancy of Japanese men is is 80 years old and 87 years old for women breaking records for both sex.
In addition, the rate of smoking in Japan decreased 19.7 per cent across the board, which is the result of 19 years of smoking reduction according to the JT (Japan’s tobacco industry).
An interesting connection to make between the two statistics, but there are many elements that go into determining the average life expectancy of a society’s men and women.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), Canadian average life expectancy is the fifth highest in the world (80 years old for men and 84 years old for women).
So what are the reasons why Japanese can maintain healthy condition longer than the other nationalities?
First, death rate of infants is extremely low compared with other countries.
Second, there is public health insurance available for the whole nation and a medical infrastructure for the elderly.
Next, Japanese workers work longer and keep working even in retirement taking part in hobbies and community activities. This activity help keeps older Japanese men and women connected to one another rather than living in isolation.
Finally, the most important reason for the long-living Japanese is the food, a culture of exercise, and bathing. Japanese tend to avoid fatty and oily food, instead going for rice, fish, and nutrient-rich food like soybeans, natto, miso, tofu, and so on, which helps keep them healthy.
In addition, with smoking rates on the decline conditions like lung cancer are also starting to wane.
Hong Kong has the longest life expectancy for its men and a smoking rate of just 11 per cent of its population.