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Aomori dashing forward to urge ailing folk to cut back on salt

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Aomori Prefecture placed last for both men and women when the latest report of average life expectancy in each of Japan's 47 prefectures was released by the health ministry last week.

On the list, compiled every five years, Aomori has remained rock bottom since 1975 for men and since 2000 for women.

So I decided to visit the prefectural capital city of Aomori, and most of the people I interviewed on the streets seemed unperturbed by the ranking. Their common reaction was that this was no big deal, primarily because the prefecture had been at the bottom of the pile for so long.

Counting the number of his........

© The Asahi Shimbun