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Causes of death across Japan are changing because of Population Increase, Life Expectancy rise and Living Standard.On this below article we provide graphical representation of major causes of death in Japan.

Highlights of Japan BMI and Diet Compositions

Comprehensive data on food supply and consumption is published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Data was analyzed by The Global Graph and is published in these below Highlights, Graphs and Tables (Data Quality & definitions)

  • As per United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), average person in Japan gets their caloric supply from :
    • Carbohydrates : 63.20%63.20%
    • Fat : 30.87%30.87%
    • Animal protein : 7.68%7.68%
    • Plant protein : 6.22%6.22%
  • 7.96% increase in caloric supply : Currently Japan gets 2726/kilocalories per person per day worth of caloric supply when compared to 2525/kilocalories per person per day in Year 1961
  • Cereals & Grains, Oils & Fats and Meat are three major diet compositions in Japan
  • Rice, Wheat and Maize are three major Cereal preferences in Japan
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on vegetable intake is to range between 200-250g per day and in Japan average intake is 280.25 grams
  • Apples, Oranges & Mandarines and Bananas are three major Fruit Types Intake in Japan
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) typically set a guideline of 200g Fruit Intake per day and in Japan average Fruit intake is 144.79grams
  • In Japan, average male height is in the decreasing trend and female height is in decreasing trend
  • 29.40% of population is suffering from obesity and this trend is continously increasing from last few years
  • Average Male BMI in Japan is in the range of normal and Average Female BMI is in range of normal (BMI = Body Mass Index - The WHO define a BMI <=18.5 as 'underweight'; 18.5 to 25 as 'normal/healthy'; 25.0 to 30.0 as 'obese')


Breakdown of the average per capita intake of cereals by specific cereal-based commodity types, measured in kilocalories per person per day. This figure measures the primary equivalent of all food products derived from a given commodity (e.g. "wheat" represents the primary equivalent of its derived products). Data refers to cereal food supply at the consumer level but does not account for consumer wastage in

Cereal Preferences in Japan
RankCerealskcal/capita/day
1Rice646
2Wheat387
3Maize61
4Barley5
5Rye0
7Oats-21

This below table shows the Diet Compositions (Average per capita dietary energy supply by commodity groups, measured in kilocalories per person per day) in Japan

Diet Compositions in Japan
RankTypekilocalories per person per day
1Cereals & Grains1082
2Oils & Fats506
3Meat318
4Sugar254
5Dairy & Eggs189
6Alcoholic Beverages131
7Fruits & Vegetables124
8Starchy Roots60
9Other49
10Pulses13

Major Cause of Death


Cancers was a major cause of death in Japan with 382166 registered deaths (in year 2016) i.e. 28% of total deaths. Overall Cancers, Cardiovascular diseases and Dementia were the highest types of death causes in Japan.
    Major Cause of Death in Japan
  • We see the maximum number of deaths is seen in age group 70+ with 1113663 deaths (year 2016).
  • 41.34% kids below age 5 years die because of Congenital birth defects.
  • Cancers, Road accidents and Drowning are the major cause of death in kids aged 5 - 14 years.
  • Cancers, Suicide and Cardiovascular disease are the major cause of death in people aged 14 - 49 years.
  • Cancers, Cardiovascular diseases and Suicide are the major cause of death in people aged over 50 years.
  • Overall, it's observed that 51% of people aging over 50 years die because of Cancers.
Read more about Cardiovascular diseases

Major Cause of Deaths in Japan (and it's count) Number of Deaths in Japan - Age wise (only due to Major diseases)

Major Risk Factors of Death


  • Three Major factors of death in Japan are High blood pressure, Smoking and High blood sugar. Every year around 567 people die due to High blood pressure.
  • Low birth weight and Child wasting are the major risk factor of kids death aging under 5 years.
  • Secondhand smoke and Iron deficiency are the major risk factors of death of people aging between 5 to 14 years.
  • Alcohol use, Smoking and High blood pressure are the death risk factors of people aging between 15 to 49 years.
  • Smoking, High blood pressure and High blood sugar are the major death risk factors of people aging between 50 to 69 years.
  • High blood pressure is the major death risk factors for people aging more than 70 years.


Major Cause of Deaths in Japan (and it's count)

Cancer Analysis


1.01% of Japan population was suffering from cancer i.e. 2470928 people (average of years 2011-2016). Highest number of cancer patients deaths were recorded due to Stomach cancer (Count : 54751) and Colon & rectum cancer was also concerning with 49583 deaths in a year. In last few years it has been observed that, people suffering from Pancreatic cancer have 35% of survival chance.Japan was really successful in diagnosing Testicular cancer where 99% of people were cured.Highest number of cancer patients i.e. 1496101 people were of age group 70+ year olds.In 2016, 279434 were suffering from Stomach cancer out of which 54751 people were dead. This means 19.59% death rate of people suffering from Stomach cancer. This below data represents major cancer types in Japan and number of deaths due to particular cancer types :

    Highlights of Cancer in Japan :
  • 1.01 % of Japan population is suffering from cancer
  • Highest number of deaths were registered due to Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer was most cured cancer in Japan
  • Stomach cancer got lowest survival rate
Major Risk Factors of Death (count) in Japan

Tables (Appendix)


Major Cause of Deaths in Japan (and it's count)
Cause of Death Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Dementia 224138 16.63%
Cardiovascular diseases 370857 27.51%
Kidney disease 38691 2.87%
Respiratory disease 50048 3.71%
Liver disease 23146 1.72%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 62868 4.66%
Digestive disease 26113 1.94%
Hepatitis 580 0.04%
Cancers 382166 28.35%
Parkinson's disease 10936 0.81%
Fire 2035 0.15%
Malaria 0 0%
Drowning 6558 0.49%
Homicide 804 0.06%
HIV/AIDS 145 0.01%
Drug disorder 750 0.06%
Tuberculosis 3944 0.29%
Road incidents 7559 0.56%
Maternal deaths 55 0%
Neonatal deaths 547 0.04%
Alcohol disorder 562 0.04%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Diarrheal diseases 3077 0.23%
Liver disease 23146 1.72%
Digestive disease 26113 1.94%
Suicide 29048 2.15%
Kidney disease 38691 2.87%
Respiratory disease 50048 3.71%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 62868 4.66%
Lower respiratory infections 96262.780882 7.14%
Dementia 224138 16.63%
Cardiovascular diseases 370857 27.51%
Cancers 382166 28.35%


Japan - Cause of Death in Age : Under 5 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Homicide 44 2.01%
Neonatal disorders 3 0.14%
Lower respiratory infections 8 0.36%
Cancers 0 0%
Cardiovascular disease 5 0.23%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 47 2.14%
Road accidents 0 0%
Drowning 547 24.93%
Neonatal infections 53 2.42%
Diarrheal diseases 1 0.05%
Homicide 5 0.23%
Digestive diseases 49 2.23%
Fire 0 0%
Kidney disease 20 0.91%
Nutritional deficiencies 132 6.02%
Liver disease 2 0.09%
HIV/AIDS 24 1.09%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 63 2.87%
Protein-energy malnutrition 6 0.27%
Hepatitis 11 0.5%
Measles 79 3.6%
Tuberculosis 907 41.34%
Drug use disorders 138 6.29%
Natural disasters 2 0.09%
48 2.19%


Japan - Cause of Death in Age : 5 - 14 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 52 7.42%
Homicide 32 4.56%
Nutritional deficiencies 3 0.43%
Protein-energy malnutrition 1 0.14%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 3 0.43%
Diarrheal diseases 5 0.71%
Road accidents 96 13.69%
Tuberculosis 1 0.14%
HIV/AIDS 2 0.29%
Drowning 58 8.27%
Malaria 0 0%
Fire 19 2.71%
Cancers 261 37.23%
Hepatitis 1 0.14%
Digestive diseases 10 1.43%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 31 4.42%
Liver disease 4 0.57%
Respiratory disease 16 2.28%
Kidney disease 6 0.86%
Cardiovascular disease 50 7.13%
Lower respiratory infections 50 7.13%


Japan - Cause of Death in Age : 15 - 49 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 10920 29.38%
Homicide 259 0.7%
Nutritional deficiencies 96 0.26%
Protein-energy malnutrition 72 0.19%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 142 0.38%
Diarrheal diseases 49 0.13%
Road accidents 1974 5.31%
Tuberculosis 47 0.13%
HIV/AIDS 49 0.13%
Drowning 450 1.21%
Malaria 0 0%
Fire 176 0.47%
Cancers 11442 30.78%
Hepatitis 50 0.13%
Digestive diseases 472 1.27%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 964 2.59%
Liver disease 1568 4.22%
Respiratory disease 402 1.08%
Kidney disease 381 1.02%
Cardiovascular disease 6550 17.62%
Drug disorder 209 0.56%
Alcohol disorder 124 0.33%
Parkinson's disease 19 0.05%
Dementia 64 0.17%
Lower respiratory infections 695 1.87%


Japan - Cause of Death in Age : 50 - 69 years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 10170 5.5%
Homicide 236 0.13%
Nutritional deficiencies 344 0.19%
Protein-energy malnutrition 265 0.14%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 370 0.2%
Diarrheal diseases 226 0.12%
Road accidents 1880 1.02%
Tuberculosis 339 0.18%
HIV/AIDS 70 0.04%
Drowning 1245 0.67%
Malaria 0 0%
Fire 403 0.22%
Cancers 93610 50.61%
Hepatitis 203 0.11%
Digestive diseases 2876 1.55%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 6537 3.53%
Liver disease 7316 3.96%
Respiratory disease 4343 2.35%
Kidney disease 3831 2.07%
Cardiovascular diseases 38115 20.61%
Dementia 5122 2.77%
Parkinson's disease 625 0.34%
Drug disorder 107 0.06%
Alcohol disorder 274 0.15%
Lower respiratory infections 6454 3.49%


Japan - Cause of Death in Age : 70 + years
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Suicide 7905 0.7%
Homicide 233 0.02%
Nutritional deficiencies 2424 0.22%
Protein-energy malnutrition 1821 0.16%
Natural disasters 0 0%
Heat-related deaths (hot or cold exposure) 1010 0.09%
Diarrheal diseases 2750 0.24%
Road accidents 3557 0.32%
Tuberculosis 3556 0.32%
HIV/AIDS 18 0%
Drowning 4755 0.42%
Malaria 0 0%
Fire 1418 0.13%
Cancers 276721 24.63%
Hepatitis 324 0.03%
Digestive diseases 22731 2.02%
Diabetes, blood, and endocrine diseases 55273 4.92%
Liver disease 14251 1.27%
Respiratory disease 45273 4.03%
Kidney disease 34462 3.07%
Cardiovascular disease 326063 29.03%
Parkinson's disease 10291 0.92%
Dementia 218952 19.49%
Drug use disorders 434 0.04%
Alcohol use disorders 164 0.01%
Lower respiratory infections 88926 7.92%


Major Risk Factors of Death (count) in Japan
Major Risk Factors Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Unsafe water source 567 0.07%
Poor sanitation 131 0.02%
No access to handwashing facility 1248 0.16%
Household air pollution 46 0.01%
Outdoor air pollution 45783 5.98%
Non-exclusive breastfeeding 27 0%
Discontinued breastfeeding 4 0%
Child wasting 71 0.01%
Child stunting 6 0%
Low birth weight 210 0.03%
Secondhand smoke 11864 1.55%
Alcohol use 15949 2.08%
Drug use 6091 0.8%
Diet low in fruits 35888 4.69%
Diet low in vegetables 9514 1.24%
Unsafe sex 3582 0.47%
Low physical activity 33620 4.39%
High blood sugar 108269 14.14%
High cholesterol 72803 9.51%
High body-mass index (obesity) 55878 7.3%
High blood pressure 207106 27.04%
Smoking 147927 19.31%
Iron deficiency 17 0%
Zinc deficiency 4 0%
Vitamin-A deficiency 0 0%
Low bone mineral density 9265 1.21%


Japan - Risk of Death in Age : Under 5 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Discontinued breastfeeding 4 1.06%
Non-exclusive breastfeeding 27 7.12%
Child stunting 6 1.58%
Low birth weight 210 55.41%
Drug use 0 0%
No access to handwashing facility 4 1.06%
Secondhand smoke 26 6.86%
Poor sanitation 2 0.53%
Unsafe water source 9 2.37%
Household air pollution 0 0%
Outdoor air pollution 17 4.49%
High body-mass index (obesity) 0 0%
High blood pressure 0 0%
High blood sugar 2 0.53%
Child wasting 71 18.73%
Iron deficiency 1 0.26%


Japan - Risk of Death in Age : 5 - 14 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Drug use 0 0%
Alcohol use 4 12.12%
No access to handwashing facility 1 3.03%
Unsafe water source 1 3.03%
Unsafe sex 1 3.03%
Iron deficiency 6 18.18%
Secondhand smoke 9 27.27%
Household air pollution 0 0%
Outdoor air pollution 6 18.18%
High body-mass index (obesity) 1 3.03%
High blood sugar 2 6.06%
High blood pressure 1 3.03%
Poor sanitation 0 0%
Iron deficiency 1 3.03%


Japan - Risk of Death in Age : 15 - 49 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 6 0.03%
Low bone mineral density 73 0.32%
Drug use 1733 7.53%
Alcohol use 4123 17.9%
No access to handwashing facility 10 0.04%
Unsafe water source 9 0.04%
Poor sanitation 2 0.01%
Smoking 3426 14.88%
Secondhand smoke 254 1.1%
Low physical activity 353 1.53%
Diet low in fruits 2005 8.71%
Diet low in vegetables 432 1.88%
Unsafe sex 613 2.66%
High body-mass index (obesity) 2063 8.96%
Household air pollution 1 0%
Outdoor air pollution 1095 4.75%
High total cholesterol 2140 9.29%
High blood pressure 3425 14.87%
High blood sugar 1266 5.5%


Japan - Risk of Death in Age : 50 - 69 years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 4 0%
Low bone mineral density 700 0.58%
Drug use 3259 2.72%
Alcohol use 8973 7.49%
No access to handwashing facility 85 0.07%
Poor sanitation 10 0.01%
Unsafe sex 1159 0.97%
Smoking 26865 22.44%
Secondhand smoke 1585 1.32%
Unsafe water source 42 0.04%
Diet low in vegetables 1025 0.86%
Diet low in fruits 8218 6.86%
Low physical activity 2930 2.45%
Outdoor air pollution 6483 5.42%
Household air pollution 6 0.01%
High body-mass index (obesity) 11419 9.54%
High blood sugar 12021 10.04%
High total cholesterol 9587 8.01%
High blood pressure 25349 21.17%


Japan - Risk of Death in Age : 70+ years
Risk Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Iron deficiency 5 0%
Low bone mineral density 8491 1.36%
Drug use 1098 0.18%
Alcohol use 2848 0.46%
Smoking 117636 18.89%
Secondhand smoke 9990 1.6%
Household air pollution 39 0.01%
Outdoor air pollution 38182 6.13%
No access to handwashing facility 1148 0.18%
Poor sanitation 117 0.02%
Unsafe water source 507 0.08%
Unsafe sex 1809 0.29%
Low physical activity 30337 4.87%
Diet low in vegetables 8057 1.29%
Diet low in fruits 25665 4.12%
High cholesterol 61077 9.81%
High blood pressure 178330 28.64%
High blood sugar 94978 15.25%
High body-mass index (obesity) 42395 6.81%


Japan - Number of Deaths by Cancer Type
Cancer Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Liver cancer Patients : 93637 | Deaths : 35533 37.95%
Breast cancer Patients : 330238 | Deaths : 11648 3.53%
Larynx cancer Patients : 19147 | Deaths : 1159 6.05%
Kidney cancer Patients : 46158 | Deaths : 6650 14.41%
Thyroid cancer Patients : 62500 | Deaths : 1784 2.85%
Ovarian cancer Patients : 34462 | Deaths : 4905 14.23%
Stomach cancer Patients : 279434 | Deaths : 54751 19.59%
Uterine cancer Patients : 67709 | Deaths : 2718 4.01%
Bladder cancer Patients : 99528 | Deaths : 8301 8.34%
Cervical cancer Patients : 41871 | Deaths : 3336 7.97%
Prostate cancer Patients : 296464 | Deaths : 12995 4.38%
Testicular cancer Patients : 11197 | Deaths : 96 0.86%
Pancreatic cancer Patients : 46000 | Deaths : 30071 65.37%
Esophageal cancer Patients : 41517 | Deaths : 12600 30.35%
Nasopharynx cancer Patients : 3020 | Deaths : 874 28.94%
Colon & rectum cancer Patients : 586041 | Deaths : 49583 8.46%
Non-melanoma skin cancer Patients : 7767 | Deaths : 1178 15.17%
Lip & oral cancer Patients : 43341 | Deaths : 4092 9.44%
Brain & nervous system cancer Patients : 25091 | Deaths : 2619 10.44%
Tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer Patients : 194872 | Deaths : 19737 10.13%
Gallbladder & biliary tract cancer Patients : 29234 | Deaths : 2376 8.13%


Japan - Number of Deaths due to Cancer - Age Wise
Age Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Under-5s 5855 0.24%
5-14 year olds 4082 0.17%
15-49 year olds 185971 7.53%
50-69 year olds 778919 31.52%
70+ year olds 1496101 60.55%


Source :
http://www.gapminder.org/data/documentation/gd004/
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWDRS/Resources/477365-1327525347307/8392086-1327528510568/WDR09_bookweb_1.pdf

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