<Life expectancies and survival rates>
Japanese life expectancies became one of the highest in the world during 1970s. According to WHO (2002), Japan also has the highest health expectancy (75 years) in the world (72.3 years for male and 77.7 years for female). The average life expectancy in 2006 was 79.0 years for male and 85.8 years for female.
Since late 1970s, Japanese population has been aging faster than most developed countries along with declining birth rates. The country became the most aged developed country in 2000. Moreover, Japanese natural population growth rate became negative at the end of 2004. The country has entered the era of population decline. Continue reading