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How to make your family live as healthily as the Japanese?

How to make your family live as healthily as the Japanese

They may be renowned for sushi and sumo wrestlers – and more recently for their brilliance at rugby – but the Japanese should be celebrated for a less well known phenomenon: being the healthiest people on the planet.

According to a major global analysis in the Lancet, a child born in Japan today will have a longer, healthier life than one born in any other country on earth – including the UK, which did not even make the top 20 countries in the study’s findings for healthy life expectancy; coming in at a dismal 23rd, just below Greece.

The study, published in 2012, ranked the world’s 187 nations by Healthy Life Expectancy (or HLE) – a measure of how many years a child born today might be expected to live in “full health”...

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How the Okinawa Diet Could Help you Live to 100 Years of Age?

Japanese people are more likely to reach 100 years old than anyone else in the world

This fact some researchers attribute to their diet. So, are they right – and is eating tofu and squid the place to start?. Tokyo locals share their day-to-day menus

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The Okinawan diet is high in tofu and fresh vegetables. Photograph: Getty Images

Can you eat your way to a century? I am not referring to test cricketers, I’m talking about the Japanese diet. Or the Sardinian diet. Or the Ikarian diet. Or any one of half a dozen regional, usually traditional, ways of eating that have been credited with keeping an improbable proportion of their populations alive beyond the age of 100.

Last week, the oldest man ever on record, Jiroemon Kimura, from Kyotango near Kyoto, passed away at the age of 116...

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Why Tokyo’s traditional diet is reason for Japan’s impressive longevity?

Tokyo’s traditional diet

Michiko Ono and Masaru Nishimori are both in their 80s, have never suffered a serious illness and deal with the Japanese capital’s city heat better than their interviewer In the Sugamo district of northern Tokyo the capital’s older people – today braving 30C heat and energy-sapping humidity – come to shop, eat, and pray for even longer lives.

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Masaru Nishimori out shopping in Tokyo. Photograph: Justin McCurry

In the Sugamo district of northern Tokyo the capital’s older people – today braving 30C heat and energy-sapping humidity – come to shop, eat, and pray for even longer lives.

The object of their desire is Sugamo’s famed shio daifuku...

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Why Are People of Okinawa the Most Long-Lived on Earth?

Why-Do-People-of-Okinawa-Are-the-Most-Long-Lived-on-Earth-2The source of the youngsters is not located in Shangri-La, the mythical place on Himalaya where people never got old. The heaven of longevity is encountered in the Japanese island of Okinawa, which, besides detaining the record of longevity and centenaries of the world, is the only place on the planet where 80-90 years olds live like persons 30 years younger.

Ancient Chinese legends already called Okinawa “the land of the immortals”. Thousands of people saw it: 7 years ago Seikichi Uehara, 96, defeated an ex box champ in his 30’s. Or the case of Nabi Kinjo, 105, that killed with a flyswatter a poisonous snake. Here you see 100 years old persons that do not even think about retirement.

There are 457 persons on Okinawa aged 100 or over, an average of 35 for each 100,000 inhabitants...

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What is Okinawa’s Secrets of Long and Healthy Life?

How not to die before you get old

okinawan-centenarianThe people of Okinawa are the longest living in the world, a major study has found. What’s more, their elderly people are among the world’s most sprightly. So, asks Julia Stuart, what can we learn from them about the secrets of long life?

Near a beach in northern Okinawa, a group of 161 islands that stretch between Japan and Taiwan, is a large stone on which the following proverb is carved: “At 70 you are but a child, at 80 you are merely a youth, and at 90 if the ancestors invite you into heaven, ask them to wait until you are 100… and then you might consider it.”

The archipelago, known as the Galapagos of the East because of its tropical rainforest and abundance of unique fauna and flora, has long been rumoured to be home to the longest-living people in ...

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