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Friday, 2nd March 2012
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Serious diseases at lowest for 50 years in Japan

The number of people in Japan dying from cancer, stroke and heart disease has fallen to its lowest level for more than 50 years, new data has revealed.

Figures just released by the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry have revealed that deaths from these diseases have plunged to the lowest level since 1960, the Japan Times reported.

Cancer was still the country's biggest killer, but deaths have fallen by 15.3 per cent in men and 5.1 per cent in women compared to figures from 2005.

Figures for heart disease and cerebrovascular diseases were also at the lowest level since the ministry first started recording the statistics.

Commenting on the news, a ministry spokeswoman quoted by the news provider said: "A variety of factors are believed to contribute to the lower mortality rates, including a change in lifestyles, a drop in the number of smokers, advanced public health policies and more information about health issues."

Japan's Emperor Akihito recently underwent successful heart bypass surgery after health checks showed that his arteries were narrowing.

Written by Kimberley Homer