No More 'longest-lived Title' for Japan's Women

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Japan's women no longer hold their position, as the world's longest-lived in 2011 for the first time in more than two decades.

The Japanese are renowned for their longevity, attributed in part to a healthy traditional diet and active lifestyle.
 No More 'longest-lived Title' for Japan's Women
No More 'longest-lived Title' for Japan's Women

But the health ministry said deaths from the country's double disaster were a key factor in lowering its calculation of newborn girls' expected lifespan from 86.3 years in 2010 to 85.9.

Japanese women had had the world's longest life expectancy every year since 1985, but the latest figure put them second behind Hong Kong, where women can anticipate living to 86.7, the ministry added.

Spanish women were third at 84.9 years, followed by French at 84.8, it said.

"We can't say Japanese women's life expectancy is on course to decline (longer term) because the East Japan Great Earthquake is seen as a one-time factor," the ministry said.

Japanese men's life expectancy also declined to 79.4 years, it said, putting them in eighth place globally.

A magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11 last year and triggered a massive tsunami as well as the world's worst nuclear accident in a generation, leaving some 19,000 people dead or missing.

Source: AFP

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That is stats for you - though it may still be true that Japanese women live the longest in the world but the maths doesn't add up thnxs to tsunami deaths in Japan...
srmcurology Friday, July 27, 2012

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