The Truth about Okinawa as the Land of Longevity

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Okinawa has gained international fame as the renowned land of longevity. It was prominently highlighted as one of the blue zones by Dan Buettner and even featured in the book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.”

However, the perspective on Okinawa’s status as a long-living prefecture has shifted within Japan. Recent national longevity rankings have positioned prefectures like Nagano and Shiga at the forefront. While Okinawa once basked in the limelight, particularly during the 1980s, it no longer holds the same standing.

I discussed this very point in detail in this video:

Does this imply that Okinawa’s reputation as a model of health and longevity is no longer relevant, both within and outside of Japan?

The reality is somewhat intricate. In this video, I delve into the multifaceted truth surrounding Okinawa’s shift from being the epitome of longevity.


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