Two villages in Nagano and Okinawa share secrets of longevity
June 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On June 3, six staff members from Matsukawa village Office, Nagano, visited Kitanakagusuku Village Office to study the longevity of residents. According to data released last year by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Matsukawa Village has the longest average life expectancy for men, 82.2-years-old, and Kitanakagusuku Village has the longest average life expectancy for women, 89-years-old.
Staff members of both villages discussed the key to longevity and ways to approach it. They confirmed their mutual intention to deepen exchanges and cooperation. Matsukawa and Kitanakagusuku will become sister villages.
The staff members of Kitanakagusuku Village visited Matsukawa Village, which provides excellent services for elderly people, to make a plan to build a community where people live long and remain in good health. Members of Kitanakagusuku Village Assembly visited Matsukawa Village for policy research.
A staff member of Kitanakagusuku Village said they had been developing public affairs programs for the elderly using a website adopted from Matsukawa Village. He explained the village office’s vision to develop the village based on a core policy of healthy and longevity.
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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