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So you want to live to be 100? The answers to living a long and happy life may come from Japan which has the longest average life expectancy in the world (83.84 years) and where 2 million people are over the age of 90. Believe it or not, 6 of the top 10 oldest people alive are from Japan including Nabi Tajima of Kagoshima who is 117 years old and the last human alive born in the 19th century!

How did so many Japanese get to live so long?
What are some of the things Japanese do right?

In this episode, John travels to Tottori Prefecture to the area around Mt Daisen where his friend Tomiko-san gives him some advice about how to live a long life and how she’s lived to be 106 years old and still working on the farm!

Her secret?

She started to make tofu in the 1950s when doctors said residents had to reduce high blood pressure. She made her own tofu for her family and her diet combined with good habits including staying busy and working hard have strengthened her mind and body. She still walks and writes tanka poetry.

I also ask Mr. Seiichi, my 97 year old Japanese neighbor his secret and hear from a Shinto priest about his thoughts and personal experiences with living a very long and happy life in Japan.

It’s impossible to say exactly what has led to Japan having the longest average life expectancy in the world but these things may help:

★ Green Tea
★ Less fatty foods
★ Seafood
★ Fermented foods
★ Bath culture / Hot Springs & Onsen
★ Smaller portions
★ Education on personal responsibility
★ National safety / low crime rates
★ Respect for the Elderly (It’s a national holiday too!)

Special thank you to Daisen Town & Yonago City in Tottori Prefecture for the help. Daisen is celebrating its 1300th anniversary this year and you’re invited to the party in June 2018!

Music credits:
Always thankful for TeknoAXE (Matthew Huffaker)
Songs: Granny Jenkins / Harassing the Mailman


The video was produced and created by John Daub.
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31 Replies to “Why Japanese Live So Long ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. Secret to living a long life?
    2:20 Be Female
    Seriously, have a look at the lists yourselves, its dominated by women.
    Top ten oldest people of all time are all women.
    Way to go ladies! Long live women!

  2. Fun Fact: The Japanese moved to Hawaii to realize that everyone there is dying from the flu, due to the Hawaiian's genetic structure, The Japanese and Hawaiians made babies, thus because of the Genetic structure of the Japanese, make them have stronger immunity to diseases

  3. My great-grandfather lived to 110 in Bulgaria and the only thing that killed him is he fell off the ladder and hit his head picking his Orchard and his wife which is my great-grandmother lived until 112. My dad was born and raised there and came to the United States in 1925.

  4. I thought this theory had been debunked. As I remember ….. Older people were venerated in Japan, birth record keeping wasn't good, soooooo …… lots of people claimed to be older then they were/are. As far as I am aware people in Japan live about the same time as people in comparable 1st world countries.

  5. Hello 👋 how are you, I liked your video very much. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day.💐👍🌹

  6. Living in your own environment and eating and drinking your natural produce…that is not europeanised…

  7. Simplicity! Love of family, Respect for the older people. Should I go on…etc Western Culture materialistic, selfish, no respect for anybody especially old people, family life not so much. Life expectancy Short unfulfilled unhappy life!

  8. That man who is 117 look at him that is living dead if you need some body to nurse you that is not living,

  9. People who honor their parents live long. It is the 1st commandment in the Bible That promises long life with it. In America we back talk and cuss our parents. No amount of health food can fix that. We put our parents in old folks homes while some people in some places can’t believe people actually do that. We kids pool our money together and take care of my mother so she won’t have to go into a home.

  10. Having lived and worked in many parts of Japan for many years…A discussion i had with one of the TOP hospitals in Tokyo chief Surgeons who can speak ok English…he said a HIGHLY SECRET additive that is added to ALL of Japans drinking water supplies in one of the main factors for their the raw unprocessed seafoods that they mostly eat alot of.

  11. On the other hand…in 2016 when i was living and working in Japan,the country also had i believe the 6th highest jisatsu (suicide rate)in the whole world..A walking trip i attempted in Aogikahara SUICIDE forest,Yamanashi Prefecture in December of that year confirmed the huge increase as the police wouldnt let anyone in..for any reason.

  12. Better dry it well, little time over the fire in fry pot and grind it to powder for drinking like a tea. 💪😎 Process is good but more is wasted.

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