So what lies behind this news and is there any credibility in the conclusion. The Office for National Statistics published an international Compendium of Data on population statistics today. Much of the report will fuel the current debate around UK immigration as there is a substantial amount of data on population migration and enough material in the report to satisfy the needs of the pro as well as the anti-European debate and to prove either groups case!
The life expectancy data comes later and leads to the headline. Well I'm sorry to have to disappoint but I am afraid that the secret of longer life isn't about raw fish or green tea. Sadly the journalists haven't been entirely transparent with the facts. It is true that Japanese females do have the highest life expectancy at birth (86.4 years) but the country with the highest male life expectancy at birth at 80.8 years was Iceland.