Title

Longevity in Japan: Facets of a Healthy Culture

Presenter

Matthew Hirano

Abstract

A recent study published in The Japan Times indicates that Japan’s population enjoys the longest average life expectancy of all developed countries. I naturally wonder what kinds of factors contribute to this statistic. Is it dependent on Japanese diet and lifestyle—Does the genetic history and diversity of the island country have an impact? Medical technology and availability are also surely important. As a science student who recently spent a semester living in Japan, I investigate how daily life and culture in Japan affect the body and general health, not as an argument for how to live in order to extend one’s life, but rather to evaluate the facets of daily living from a scientific perspective. An examination of these factors is valuable for an understanding of various impacts on longevity in Japan.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Sponsor Department/Programs

Asian Studies

Tracks

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Longevity in Japan: Facets of a Healthy Culture

Kimball Theatre

A recent study published in The Japan Times indicates that Japan’s population enjoys the longest average life expectancy of all developed countries. I naturally wonder what kinds of factors contribute to this statistic. Is it dependent on Japanese diet and lifestyle—Does the genetic history and diversity of the island country have an impact? Medical technology and availability are also surely important. As a science student who recently spent a semester living in Japan, I investigate how daily life and culture in Japan affect the body and general health, not as an argument for how to live in order to extend one’s life, but rather to evaluate the facets of daily living from a scientific perspective. An examination of these factors is valuable for an understanding of various impacts on longevity in Japan.