Life expectancy rises even higher in Japan

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 05:30 AM EST

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CORRECTION NAME OF CITY IN CAPTION   WITH AFP STORY  This photo taken 28 February, 2007 shows Ushi Okushima, a 105-year-old woman speaking to AFP during an interview at her residence in the village of Ogimi, in Japan's southern island of Okinawa. Okushima's village is known as "longevity village" due to the long life span of residents there, but that could be changing as more and more people develop health ailments common in other parts of the world due to lifestyle changes.   AFP PHOTO / Mie KOHIYAMA (Photo credit should read MIE KOHIYAMA/AFP/Getty Images)Life expectancy for Japanese women — already the longest in the world — has risen by nearly one year, the Health Ministry said Thursday, citing the latest census data.


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