Historically, Japan has sat at or near the top of world rankings of life expectancy at birth. A PHS 795 student calls our attention to an article that examines some of the determinants of population health in Japan and questions whether their position will hold:
Around the world, Japan is among the highest ranking countries with longer life expectancy and it seems as if they are playing all of their cards right. The US however is among the lowest among OECD comparable countries. This sounds great for Japan, but it’s a little more complex than that. According to a TIME magazine article, the medical Journal Lancet published a special issue and it’s not all-good news. I thought it helpful in understanding the differences in population demographics, health system and healthcare system and their impact.