Three elderly women selected for the fifth Beauty and Longevity Award in Okinawa
October 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
The sixth Kitanakagusuku Welfare Festival was held at Kitanakagusuku Village Comprehensive Social Welfare Center on October 25. Out of 600 applicants, 80-year-old Asae Mekaru, 87-year-old Tomiko Higa and 83-year-old Natsuko Yonamine won the fifth Beauty and Longevity Award. The village set up the award to promote the health and longevity of the community.
The village mayor Kunio Arakaki presented the certificates to them. Three women will fill their predecessors’ shoes. For a year, they will take part in village events as tourism ambassadors to promote tourist spots and the longevity of village residents.
According to the life-table analyses by municipalities of Japan in 2010, the average life expectancy of women in Kitanakagusuku is 89.0 years, ranking first in the nation.
The village started the contest four years ago in order to promote the longevity of its residents. Women over 80-years-old who are healthy and lively, are eligible for the contest. Mekari said, “We would like to work on promoting happy and healthy living.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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