Long Live Japan


From the latest issue of Metropolis, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan confirmed that Japanese women are the longest-lived people in the world, for the 24th year in a row, with a life expectancy of about 86 years old for a girl born in 2008.

Japanese men have slipped to 4th place with a life expectancy of just over 79 years, behind Iceland, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Finally, the likelihood of a girl born in 2008 living to age 90 is 44.8%, and 21.1% for a boy.


4 thoughts on “Long Live Japan

  1. With all of the diet changes and increasing pollution in Japan I wonder if this will continue. The longest living people in Japan are in Okinawa and they have a different diet/lifestyle than those of the mainland.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting.

      You are right that there continues to be dietary and environmental changes occurring today in Japan (as in other parts of the world) which will impact life expectancy.

      Then of course, there are advances in medical sciences which may also change this dynamic.

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