|Japan has long been the world leader in longevity.|
Japan has long been the world leader in longevity, but some experts are now suggesting that the island nation may soon face a drop in the rankings, MSNBC reported.
The decline could be fueled in part by the country's significant suicide rate, rising body mass index and relatively high rates of smoking, according to Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, director for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.
"In an era of economic stagnation, political turmoil, aging populations, and inadequate tobacco control, Japan does not seem to be effective in addressing its new set of health challenges," Murray wrote. （点击msnbc网站查看原文）
(China.org.cn September 7, 2011)