This post was edited by moonshooter at 2014-8-26 22:27|
Japan's extraordinary longevity statistics have been attributed to the traditional diet of fish, rice and simmered vegetables, a comparatively high standard of living in old age, and easy access to healthcare. Japan's Health Ministry claims that Japanese people's extraordinary longevity is largely due to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiac disorders and strokes, Japan's three biggest killer
Improved medical care and healthy traditional diet seems only benefit the individuals,but not the whole country.Longevity does have its downside. Japan's increasing graying of the population, combined with its low birth rate, has led to a pension crisis, ballooning healthcare costs and a labor shortage that could endanger Japan's economic health.
According to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, a quarter of the population is now over 65 years old, a record high, and only 13 percent are under 14, a record low.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the world's second richest person, proposed that to ease countries' gray burden, people should be working less.
"People are going to have to work for more years, until they are 70 or 75, and just work three days a week - perhaps 11 hours a day," Slim said.
The elderly in Japan are putting that into practice, but they are forgoing the part time.