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What is the average life span of the Japanese?

According to a 2004 survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the average life span of the Japanese is 78.36 years for males and 85.33 for females.
These latest figures represent the longest life expectancy in the world.
Back in 1935, the average life span was 46.92 for males and 49.63 for females.
It has increased by 35 years for both men and women over the past 67 years.
Other countries in the world which can boast of longevity are mostly in Nothern Europe such as Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
Japan joined these countries as it matured socially and economically.