Is exercise the key to Japan’s health and famed longevity?

October 5, 2018
by Rakuten.today
Is exercise the key to Japan’s health and famed longevity?

Every October, Japan kicks back for a particularly active three-day weekend, thanks to a rather unique holiday. On national Health and Sports Day—established to commemorate the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games—communities and schools around the country hold sports festivals to promote physical and mental health. Boasting the longest average life expectancy in the world (83.7 years) and the lowest rate of obesity (3.7%) among OECD countries, Japan is widely regarded as a healthy country. So is a love of sport the key to Japan’s famed longevity? Or is it something else—perhaps Japan’s traditionally pescatarian diet rich in fish and green tea, […]

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