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Japanese women lose longevity crown to Hong Kongers

(Japan Times) Japan’s women relinquished the top spot for average life expectancy in 2015 to Hong Kong, the new leader at 87.32 years, data released by the welfare ministry showed Wednesday.
Japanese women now have an average life expectancy of 87.05 years, while Japanese men live for an average of 80.79 years, dropping them to fourth place from third in 2014, the data said.
Nevertheless, Japan’s longevity figures last year broke records for both sexes, with women adding 0.22 year and men 0.29 year…
An official at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry credited the improvement in both sexes to “progress in medical treatment and drugs” that improved survival rates for cancer, one of the major causes of death.
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