Japan’s women toast their own health as life expectancy rises again

Now living to an average of 86.4, Japanese women say longevity down to a fishy diet, exercise and sleep. And sake

Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for over two decades.

Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for a quarter of a century, according to government figures. In 2009, they could expect to live, on average, a record 86.4 years – up almost five months from the previous year – followed by women in Hong Kong and France. Japanese men, meanwhile, added almost four months to their life expectancy to 79:5 years, although they fell from fourth to fifth place in the global rankings behind Qatar, Hong Kong, Iceland and Switzerland.

Experts attribute Japan’s extraordinary longevity statistics to a traditional diet of fish, rice and simmered vegetables, easy access to healthcare and a comparatively high standard of living in old age.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/01/japan-women-life-expectancy-rises

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