Life Expectancy In Japan

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Japan has a healthy life style, which leads to a higher life expectancy. Such a thing can be great and disadvantageous at the same time. The life expectancy average in Japan is eighty-four years of age. In the United States the life expectancy average is seventy nine years ("The World Factbook: United States"). The life expectancy is five years lower in the United States. The infant mortality rate in Japan is at 0.2 percent, and in the United States it is at about 0.6 percent; Japan’s birth rate is at about 0.8 percent , while the United States’ birth rate is at one percent ("The World Factbook: United States";"The World Factbook: Japan" ). Since 2014 Japan’s leading cause of death was cancer, and in the United States the leading cause
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The Japanese rather spend their day working than to go through the trouble of getting a doctors note. It is hard to find a cough medicine in Japan (Salvaggio). However, a classic home remedy that is given to a sick person that does not vary much from region to region is rice porridge. Immunizations that are needed prior to going to Japan would include the regular vaccines, the vaccine for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and rabies ("Health Information for Travelers to Japan"). The Japanese like to exercise before going to work right when they wake up in the morning; this exercise is done by following instructions provided by the radio or T.V., and it is called rajio taiso, or radio calisthenics (Voellner). Japanese health care is different from American health care; however, just like current American health care it is mandatory (Harden). Japanese health care is paid with “job-based insurance premiums and taxes” and it costs relatively half the amount the United States health care costs by only consuming eight percent of the GDP (Harden). The amount one pays for medical services is much lower because the government regulates the prices of medicines and medical services (Harden). For example, an ambulance ride in Japan …show more content…
Something similar also occurs with the Japanese educational system. Just like American school, The Japanese school system is composed of elementary school, middle school, high school, and university; however, schooling in Japan is only compulsory until ninth grade ("Schools"). Some other unique aspect about the Japanese schooling system would be that to get into high school students need to pass entrance exams and the school year is divided into trimesters of fifteen to sixteen weeks instead of two or four semesters ("Academic Year and Academic Calendar"). In high school students do not change classes, but different teachers come in to teach a different subject. To graduate from high school the requirements are two electives, “Japanese language, mathematics, science, English, and social studies” (Javora). The graduation rate is 93 percent (DeRuy). Fourty-one percent of Japanese students go to a postsecondary institution (Javora). The students who do not make it go to a vocational school or immediately get a job (Javora). As for the university system in Japan, just like the United States one has to take an entrance exam to get in, but it is only held once a year. In a Japanese university the teacher asks the students questions instead of the student asking the teacher and in class discussions or presentations are kept to a minimum or not done at all

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