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    Japanese have the highest life expectancy in the world

    Could this be attributed to Hara hachi bun me - a Confucian teaching that instructs people to eat until they are 80 percent full

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    Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040 https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...y-league-table

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    I think China and India may be the next life expectancy in Asia.

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    Islam has a similar principle, which translates nicely to English - 'don't eat until you are hungry, and don't eat until you are full'.
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    They have a very healthy culture of food. Basics are fish, rice, good quality meat, miso soup and green tea (cold of hot). Also they eat small portions and they have so called bento boxes for lunch which is a very balanced meal.

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    Females but not males (Swiss males have the world's highest life expectancy). Also, I'd like to see the results comparing different regions of the same country, and also different ethnicities. There are likely substantial differences between those. In the case of Japan, I think they have lower obesity rates and they also drink less alcohol than in most Western nations. Also, they say Japan is one of the safest countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkyway View Post
    ...they [the Japanese people] also drink less alcohol than in most Western nations.
    I don't know. I've gone to dinners with Japanese associates and they can drink as heartily as any Irishman or Dane that I know.


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    That got my curiosity going. Here's a link with figures on national alcohol consumption: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ion_per_capita
    There's hardly any European countries in the top 50!
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    Yes, some Japanese people drink a lot.

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    Maybe Japanese live drink but not all

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