A Vulnerable Environment with Most Long-lived People – Part 2

According to WHO (World Health Organization)'s 2014 statistics, wherever they live in the world, women live longer than men. Further, women in Japan have the longest life expectancy in the world at 87 years, followed by Spain, Switzerland and Singapore. Life expectancy among men is 80 years or more in nine countries, with the longest male life expectancy in Iceland, Switzerland and Australia. Japanese men ranked at the 8th on the list, followed by Sweden and Luxembourg.

Despite the challenges of Japan's geology location, people on the group of islands survive longer than most other areas in the globe. One commonly received reason behind the long-life span is the diet. Along the development of the country, Japanese people rely on seafood mainly and vegetables rather than red meat for daily nutrition. The portion of the meals is usually much smaller than the US as Japanese people don't waste. Fast food chains locally in Japan are led by ramen, beef rice bowl or bento boxes with balanced elements that people need.

Japanese people don't usually exercise or workout but they spend a lot of time walking to public transportation, working in healthy and strictly managed safe offices or factories. If you remember our earlier article regarding overtime work culture in Japan that causes stress and death among white collars, the other side of the culture is actually social cohesion and strong bondage as a nation or race together. The strong group orientation seems conducive to the psychological well-being of Japanese people with low socio-economic status. It gives them deep feelings of belonging to organizations and communities, keeping them from feeling alienated in the society.(http://www.agewatch.org.uk/secrets-of-l…/japanese-longevity/)

A close-to-nature simple diet and a strong sense of belonging all over the nation might help to explain some mystery behind the constant fierce survival fight Japanese people are experiencing, like the tiny boat in the famous drawing, The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.

Japanese Woodblock Wall Calendar by World Market

Japanese Woodblock Wall Calendar by World Market

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