We’re going to take a look at the island nation of Japan. A beautiful country known for both its punctuality and beauty, and even has the longest life expectancy in the world. We’re going to look at the most interesting facts about Japan.
First, Japan’s super seniors. Japan’s median age has been on a constant rise. The country currently ranks number two in the world for having the oldest average age of 44.6, and number one for life expectancy at the ripe old age of 86.2.
Every third Monday in September, respect for the aged day, is held nationwide in honor of elderly citizens. The number of older individuals has been growing at a considerable rate in the past several years.
In 2012, over 50,000 Japanese citizens were recorded to have been titled a centenarian. This is quite an extraordinary number when you consider the fact that there were only 153 back in 1963.
Another interesting fact is that the world’s longest operating company can be found in Japan. Kongo Gumi is a Japanese construction company famed for being the world’s oldest continuously ongoing independent company.
For over 1400 years, it remained in operation until finally becoming a subsidiary of Takamatsu in 2006. The former family-owned company was headquartered in Osaka, and is able to trace its origins as far back as 578 AD. It was founded by an immigrant brought to Japan by Prince Shotoku, who was commissioned to help build a buddhist temple, but decided to open his own business instead.