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Life expectancy statistics debated
Yukako Fukushi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
After the recent revelation that the whereabouts of numerous citizens aged 100 or over are unknown, should statistics on the average life expectancy for Japanese be reassessed?
The media abroad has reported on the missing centenarians with much interest, and some reports have cast doubt on the validity of statistics that famously show Japan's average life expectancy to be among the longest in the world.
On July 26, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry announced that the average life expectancy for Japanese males born in 2009 was 79.59 years. For …