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Old 06-01-2014, 03:43 AM   #1
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Why Japan and Hong-Kong have the highest Life Expectancy worldwide?


Hello,

Since 1985-1990, Japan and Hong-Kong have been the countries with the highest life expectancy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ife_expectancy

Do they practice lot of sport during their work, at home, weekends? Is it due to an healthier diet?
and so on.

Please feel free to post your eventual hypothesis, ideas, comments, ... but also about your experiences living in Japan.

Japan is a fabulous country.

Best Wishes, Good Wind, and Live Long whoever read this post.
 
Old 06-01-2014, 04:18 AM   #2
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Diet.
 
Old 06-01-2014, 07:12 AM   #3
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diet and genetics is my guess.
 
Old 06-01-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Statistics play a huge role in these reports.
What you can see from the graphic is genetic, healthcare, overall wellness from diet, and early deaths. Many of these go together. Some of the most violent countries show lower averages, and drag down the others shown on the list. A person who died in Japan and other countries may not properly be reported as other countries might report it.

Japan like every country has issues. It is a very racially divided country. It is a forced socialism, the people fear the police. It forges statistics and rules in an almost dictator type fashion.

If living a good life was the key, the Bahamas should be near the top.
 
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I wouldn't bet on diet, because Japan has the highest rate of gastric cancer in the world, and it is related to the diet.

It is difficult to compare such things, because if you move to Japan this does NOT mean you will live longer Genetics is a good part of the explanation.
 
Old 06-01-2014, 04:33 PM   #6
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I wouldn't bet on diet, because Japan has the highest rate of gastric cancer in the world, and it is related to the diet.

It is difficult to compare such things, because if you move to Japan this does NOT mean you will live longer Genetics is a good part of the explanation.
what about companies in JP that give opportunities for fitness, stretching,... during the working hours?
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Old 06-01-2014, 04:36 PM   #7
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Hong Kong is not a country.
 
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what about companies in JP that give opportunities for fitness, stretching,... during the working hours?
That's another possible factor. Would be worth testing in the US.
 
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Their health care systems may have something to do with it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_in_Hong_Kong

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health...ystem_in_Japan
 
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The healthcare systems.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 02:55 AM   #11
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I think diet + health care systems. And getting drunk to forget any problems.
I've been twice in Japan. Amazing country. I love it!
 
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Everyone knows it is Apothecary that is the reason.

Powdered Rhino Horn = “Pen Ts’ao Kang Mu”.
Whale based medicinal ointments.

Only time I spent in China was being escorted to an from setting up Hasbro Toys there.

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Old 06-04-2014, 04:24 AM   #13
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Everyone knows it is Apothecary that is the reason.

Powdered Rhino Horn = “Pen Ts’ao Kang Mu”.
Whale based medicinal ointments.

Only time I spent in China was being escorted to an from setting up Hasbro Toys there.
I do not follow so much... the meaning.
 
Old 06-08-2014, 07:05 PM   #14
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One thing to take into account is population size. You should only really be comparing life expectancy for countries with similar population sizes or do some type of adjustment. Population size differences means greater chance for bias due to many factors including census issues, migration to and from nearby countries or isolation from nearby countries, homogeneity of population, etc.

For example Monaco is number 1 with a population of 36,371. This is clearly not reliable. Hong Kong, Andorra, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Marino, Iceland are all unreliable due to population size being low. You could compare them to one another but not to more populated countries.

If you really want to compare life expectancies stratify them by population size and make sure they have an accurate census.

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Old 06-08-2014, 07:49 PM   #15
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Well based on my observation, they always need an old fart to make silly rules and direct others bymeans of mumbling. But in all seriousness,

The medical system is ok, very uncommon to have health insuranclikee back home. Here you have work or social insurance and pay a flat rate of 30% for treatment.

Monthly contributions can vary, most pay about $200 - 300 a month for the whole family. Kids are covered at 100% until they finish junior high.

If there is a big medical expense, you go to town hall and they will cap the max you have to pay. This is generally no more than $800

It will cover any aspect of illness but it will not pay for ceramic fillings or designer frames. Just the minimum required to get better.

Also if you get injured from fighting or while being drunk you are generally not able to claim anything.


But yeah,it is a confusing country, you expect everyone to have the latest and greatest but they still fax everything, then call to check if the fax arrived. But older people seem to run the show and they are very into behaving for the common good.

Stand out and they will beat you down. I really will not be able to imagine living here being Japanese. You get excused from many things being a foreigner.

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