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Japan Has the Most People Over 100

Old Is Great If You're Not Sushi! Japan's Record Centenarians

Well, if there's no other reason to live to the ripe young age of 100, in Japan you get a silver cup and a congrats card from the prime minister if you do. I hope he's bought those suckers in bulk because almost 20,000 Japanese are set to turn 100 this year alone. And they'll have many, many friends in their 5-k age class — there are already 36,276 centenarians in Japan, up a whopping 4,000 since last year. The UN projects that by 2050 there will be almost a million people over 100 in Japan alone. That's 100 gabillion birthdays between them, believe me, I did the math.

Those birthdays almost all warranted pink birthday hats, too — 86 percent of the century club are women. The oldest gal is 113 years old and lives on the island of Okinawa, the oldest man is 112 and likes to write in his diary in the evening. Oh, I want to matchmake these two. The reasons for the good long lives: healthy diet, good medical care, and strong communities — and exercise. Sounds like an easy recipe, right?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that we have something to learn from other cultures- on how they are able to have longer life expectancies than us. we all like to think that since we have such medical technology and nutritional education that we're going to live longer, yet it's things like this that show us that we're really falling behind. i also think that a large piece of the puzzle is that there are a lot of cultures that revere the elderly a lot more than we do - and that's a generalization of course. they don't necessarily put their elderly in homes and hospices like we do - and that could help in keeping older people happier and have more of an energy and excitement/reason to stay alive and healthy.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
This doesn't surprise me, they have such healthy eating habits and I also wonder if daily meditation plays a part in this.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
wow. that's amazing. i think a new yoga class especially made for seniors will start popping up soon or any type of gym class for that matter. cool :)
bffbbf4fun bffbbf4fun 8 years
I love this story! My mom is from Okinawa- and people are always telling her she looks about 15 years younger than she really is. I hope some of that is genetic!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
UD, But your avatar, with it's generous "Bush" and straight-forwardness will live on for posterior-arity! ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
That matchmaking quip made me laugh! That is amazing - having a great number of centenarians in your country.. and they're quite active too.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This reminds me of a joke: This guy goes in for a check-up, and the doctor says he needs to cut back on his drinking and his women, if he wants to live to be 100. The guys asks the Dr. "When I'm 100, will I be able to drink what I want?" No, a 100 yr old liver isn't able to filter the alcohol like a youner man's can. Will I be able to sleep with any woman I want to? Probably not. The libido fails as you get older. Then why would I want to live to be 100?!?
Meike Meike 8 years
^_^ Okinawa, my hometown! That is why there is a saying on the little island that when you're 70 years old, you are only but a child. Our life expectancy is so high due mostly to our diet which is mostly a variety vegetables, rice, and fish. :D
Michelann Michelann 8 years
That's pretty crazy. I don't know if I want to live to 100. Maybe if I turn out as sexy as the woman in this picture.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think there has to be something to the amount of fish they eat. All those fish oils must keep the ticker going!
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