Friday, August 30, 2013

Islands where people refuse to die - Yahoo!7 - Totaltravel

Blame it on the burgers. A seaside town with an unusually large number of old people remains an unlikely tourist attraction in Japan's Okinawa - even though other places in rural Japan have wrested claims to the world's greatest longevity.

Local officials, while conceding record-breakers are fewer, maintain Okinawa has more old people than anywhere else.

So, tourists like me stream to Ogimi, a so-called "longevity village" near Naha, on the 112km Okinawa Main Island where residents happily discuss longevity with visitors. Naha is the capital of Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. It's the biggest city in a 1000km chain of 49 inhabited and 110 uninhabited islands with a total population of 1.4 million people.

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Comment: Sure as all heck can't blame that on Rio!

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