The average life expectancy of Japanese men and women combined is the highest in the world. Life expectancy in Japan increased rapidly from the 1930s to the 1960s and continues to grow steadily today. In the past, the score for men was only 46.92 and for women 46.63. But it’s said that this rising expectation could be halted in the near future, as the diets of Japan’s young people change to include more fat and salt. Spain, France and Switzerland are other countries with higher life expectancy.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Japan, accounting for 30% of all deaths. Heart disease followed with 15%, while pneumonia and cerebrovascular disease (such as stroke) each accounted for 10% of deaths. These three used to be called adult diseases, but since they are caused by lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking, they have come to be called lifestyle diseases. The most common type of cancer in Japan is lung cancer for men and colon cancer for women.
Japan has a world-renowned healthcare system, as evidenced by the fact that the average life expectancy in Japan is among the highest in the world. The medical facilities are generally clean, modern, and have a friendly staff. There are relatively few practitioners or family physicians, and most of them are specialists in a particular field. The most common specialties include otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), internal medicine, and dermatology. When you get sick or injured, you need to choose a healthcare provider with a specialty that suits your condition.
From March to May, many Japanese people go out wearing white gauze masks. Some people wear glasses or hats to protect themselves from pollen that can cause unpleasant symptoms such as runny noses, headaches and itchy eyes. Over the last 20 years or so, cedar and cypress trees planted in mountainous areas across Japan after the war have grown with neglected pollen, producing more pollen. When pollen becomes airborne, it mixes with airborne dust and car exhaust fumes, causing hay fever.
Like hay fever, allergies, especially atopy, have become a very common and serious problem in Japan over the last 10 to 20 years. Many children in Japan suffer from allergy symptoms such as skin disorders and asthma. In severe cases, the itching can be so bad that you can’t sleep at night.
It is still difficult to cure these allergies because they are often caused by a mixture of air pollution, house dust, and food that doctors are unable to determine the cause of.
The sight of Japanese people wearing surgical masks may be disconcerting to foreign tourists, but these days, it’s become commonplace. They are commonly worn in the winter to ward off cold and flu outbreaks, and in the spring allergy season to protect themselves from pollen. The practice first developed as a reaction to the Spanish flu pandemic, but its scale has grown significantly in the last few years.
According to the marketing consultancy, the total sales of disposable masks were about 36 billion yen. The percentage of Japanese who wear a mask every day because they have had the flu or are worried about it has risen to 30.6 percent. In another subsequent survey, the most common reason for wearing disposable masks was to prevent colds and flu, with the second most common reason was because I was feeling sick at the time.
With the widespread use of face masks, many Japanese people have come to use them for other purposes. An increasing number of women said that they have worn masks to hide their faces, and the main reason for this was that they were not wearing makeup. There has also been a recent media buzz about an increasing number of young people using masks as a protective barrier due to social awkwardness.
As a result, some companies are using colorful designs and masks that make the face look smaller in order to appeal to young women who are sensitive to fashion, and the trend continues in Japan.