Life expectancy in Japan, 1860-2020

Life expectancy in Japan was 36.4 in the year 1860, and over the course of the next 160 years, it is expected to have increased to 84.4, which is the second highest in the world (after Monaco). Although life expectancy has generally increased throughout Japan's history, there were several times where the rate deviated from its previous trajectory. These changes were a result of the Spanish Flu in the 1910s, the Second World War in the 1940s, and the sharp increase was due to the high rate of industrialization and economic prosperity in Japan, in the mid-twentieth century.

Life expectancy (from birth) in Japan, from 1860 to 2020*

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

*All data given is an average of the preceding five year period.
Data for the second source can be found here.

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