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What is the secret of Japanese living longer?
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brendaniel799 days ago

1. They eat a lot of vegetables.

Traditionally, the Japanese eat lots of rice, veg and fish — generally in that order — and Japan’s infatuation with fermented soy and seaweed means they have no lack of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial phytochemicals. Unfortunately, from the 19th century onward, there has been an increase in unhealthy Western habits — breaded and battered meats and more recently, white bread, refined sugars, and copious amounts of sweets.

2. They cook their food differently.
Tempura, tonkatsu and croquettes notwithstanding, Japanese food involves a lot of steaming, pan-grilling, broiling, stir-frying, slow-cooking, and fermenting. They also have a habit of making at least one bowl of soup and usually they prepare small dishes. It helps when they couple their veg and fish intake with lots of fiber from beans, rice, and often beans and rice.

3. They drink a lot of tea.
While coffee isn’t necessarily bad, there’s a huge tea drinking culture in Japan — and good quality Japanese tea contains far more antioxidants than coffee. This is especially true for Japan’s tea-time specialty: matcha, which is a fine (and often expensive) powdered tea made of young leaves grown specifically to increase their chlorophyll and antioxidant content by depriving them of sunlight.

4. Their food is fresh.
It’s seriously, seriously fresh. And seasonal. Being a relatively small archipelago with a large amount of arable land, there isn’t much need for food to travel very far before it enters people’s mouths, and that can be said for Japan’s veg as much as it can be said for its fish and grain. In Japanese markets, food isn’t dated by the day — it’s dated by the half-hour according to Naomi Moriyama, who wrote a book entitled: Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat.

5. They’ve got smaller plates.
Portion control is a traditional part of Japanese cuisine. Etiquette is a huge part of Japanese living, and part of that is the careful use of chopsticks, the practice of eating from a small plate or rice bowl, only garnishing food lightly, serving each item on its own little dish, never completely filling a plate or serving large portions.In Okinawa, the locals attribute part of their longevity to the saying: hara hachi bu, meaning “eat until you are 80% full”.

6. They walk, stand, and squat more.
Part of daily Japanese life is the great commute — getting up, heading to the station, waiting for the train, standing in the train, walking from the next station to work, and getting on with life. Public transport is the norm in Japan. People jump on bikes and hop on trains — a car is considered a luxury. Many employees, such as those at Canon, work standing up. Even going to the bathroom is different in Japan. While there are a lot of Western-style toilets available, old-school Japanese lavatories involve squatting, which is healthier for the bowels.

7. They’ve got morning exercise — on the radio.
Called rajio taiso, Japan literally has on-the-air exercise routines that are completed in massive groups every morning. The majority of Japanese partake, and there are several degrees of difficulty for different people. Originally a (now defunct) MetLife, Inc. product straight out of Massachusetts, visiting Japanese employees of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation brought radio calisthenics to Japan in the 1920s. The benefits are obvious — an increased level of athleticism, alertness and energy, alongside better flexibility and focus at the workplace and in school.

8. They’ve got universal healthcare.
Since the 1960s, Japan has had a mandatory healthcare system that gobbles up only 8% of the GDP (less than half of what America pays for its current system) while keeping people very much healthy. The average Japanese person visits their doctor over a dozen times a year for check-ups, four times as much as in the States.

9. They spend more time outside.
In addition to walking practically everywhere, it’s a Japanese custom to eat out with friends rather than invite them in. Japanese living spaces are modest, while restaurant prices are relatively cheap — so socializing outside is a regular occurrence. While the effect of hanging out with people hasn’t been tested on Japanese longevity, social coherence and friendships are important for emotional health.

10. They focus on cleanliness.
The Japanese are obsessed with cleanliness, and it’s for the better. Their cultural methods are largely based on the centuries-old traditions of Shintoism, a large part of which is the concept of purification. In Japan, it’s not uncommon to bathe twice a day in the summer. Communal baths are a regular thing, and the guidelines and rules within them are strict.

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igor799 days ago

They eat properly, a lot of moving, visiting mineral springs,enjoy life.

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MrDeng798 days ago

Always making love

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Aravi798 days ago

Hi @twoapple

Our friend @brendaniel had listed the reason for long life of Japanese very well. I will like to add that Japanese have such rich tradition that described what to do to live longer life. They still strongly follow their traditional food habits and strict treditional habits.

Now the Japanese also have adopted to live longer life by living long for many generation.


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brendaniel798 days ago

@ Aravi, thanks for the complement...

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alienflyer798 days ago

Their ancestors were exposed to above normal radiation that eventually altered their genetic make up. :)

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airyl798 days ago

they are on natural food than food with preservatives...and they also use herbs as medicine..

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yoursong798 days ago

Americans live longer too.

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pustoi11798 days ago

Of course, many written in response to the above is the case. but the main problem people is stress. it is from this place of disease and high mortality. national human tradition since childhood education in Japan, create the basis for a good steady in trouble in life. Japanese submissive and did not murmur against fate. a lot in the Japanese culture, is given, namely the psychological health of the population. Europeans is difficult to understand these basics, sometimes bordering on madness, but the results are seen by all. so my advice is, you want to live longer, less worry and think about the bad...

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longshouju798 days ago

Peoplelive longer

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voineaadi796 days ago

It is a combination of healthy eating, physical exercise, strong family relationships, being neighborly, low stress, meditation and respect for traditional values. Human beings are at their best only when they have strong connections with others, which Japanese people do have. Okinawa is the place on Earth with the highest expectancy of living, and yes their secret is moderation, hard work ( especially physical labor ) and very low stress levels. When it comes to longevity all of these factors do matter a lot.

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drmittilo796 days ago

t 66, Kuroiwa has already come out of retirement once and expects to work well into his later years.

"It's part of the lifestyle here. You work in an office and then you retire to the farm. It's just the next stage in life," Kuroiwa says. As it turns out, it's a very long life.

A healthy diet, regular physical activity, extended work years and aggressive government intervention have helped the Nagano region produce the longest life expectancy in Japan, which in turn is the longest in the world. That marks a remarkable turnaround for an area that, as recently as the early 1980s, had the highest rate of strokes in Japan.
Nagano at a Glance

Location: Japanese Alps

Size: 5,245 square miles (almost the size of Connecticut)

Population: 2.15 million

No. 1 in: Life expectancy, employment rate for those 65+ and vegetable consumption per capita

Women in Nagano prefecture, an area slightly smaller than Connecticut, can expect to live an average of 87.2 years, while men can look forward to living 80.9 years, according to the latest data from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. (In comparison, life expectancy in Connecticut averages 78.6 years for men and 82.9 for women. Hawaii has the highest life expectancy in the U.S., at 78 for men and 84.7 for women.)

The lifestyle in Nagano, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, has also produced some of the lowest per capita medical costs in Japan. That saves consumers and taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Officials now are hoping to export the Nagano experience to the rest of the country, and perhaps even farther.

"Nagano is unique in many ways, but there are lessons you can apply anywhere. Improve your diet, stay active, continue to work as you get older. The key is not just to live longer, but to stay healthy longer," says Takuji Shirasawa, M.D., who teaches at the Department of Aging Control Medicine at Juntendo University in Tokyo.

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capybara796 days ago

I am in accord with the rest of my fellow posters. However, the Japanese seem to beat the odds against a nasty vice...cigarette smoking. It is RAMPANT throughout the country. They start at a young age and smoke away until they die...(perhaps another form of ritual suicide?).
Not sure of the current stats, but my Dad observed it all first hand as a Naval Officer stationed there for 3 years.
BTW: great post brendaniel

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mas796 days ago

They live near the sea,so many minerals from the sea(fish etc.) are on the Japan tabe everyday :-) and soybean too........

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jeetkml796 days ago

Japanese life style and Atmospheric Environment make them live long.

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