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Japanese Centenarian Club Quadruples

Posted by infinitygoods on August 27, 2007

According to the Associated Press, “the number of Japanese living beyond 100 has almost quadrupled in the past 10 years, with the once-exclusive centenarian club expected to exceed 28,000 this year.”

AP claims that experts believe this longevity is due to the traditional Japanese diet which is rich in vegetables and fish, but does that realy make sense? I’m no “expert”, whoever they may be — AP does not bother to specify, but I do have some common sense and I say that as healthy as vegetable and fish are, that cannot possibly be the reason. The “traditional” Japanese diet has ALWAYS been rich in vegetable and fish, has it not? So why would the Japanese centenarians suddenly quadruple?

We need to focus on major events and changes during these centenarians’ lifetimes or about the last 100 years. What could possibly have happened in Japan and in their lifetime that could have made such a drastic difference. The possibilities are many, but the most obvious of course is a very major, drastic event which happened in Japan during WWII — the Atomic Bomb. So here’s a wild thought. While the United States tried to kill the Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, did they also kill some harmful bacteria, germ, mold or such which normally prevents most human beings from reaching 100?

It’s up to the “experts” to figure out. Nevertheless I think it’s quite intriguing that not only has Japan’s centenarian population has quadrupled, but that it has done so while the rest of the world’s has not.

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