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HEALTH PROFILE JAPAN (worldlifeexpectancy.com)

タイトルのWorld Health Rankingsは興味深い統計データを扱っています。上のリンクから、「Covid19によりお亡くなりになった方」と、「その他死因の歴史的平均値」とを比較できます。リンクは日本を選んでいますが、世界各国のデータを取ることができます。

The title World Health Rankings deals with some interesting statistics. From the link above, you can compare “deaths due to Covid19” with “historical averages for other causes of death”. The link selects Japan, but you can get data for countries around the world.


As for Japan, the number of people who have died from Covid 19 does not seem to be that high at this point. In fact, I am shocked to see that suicides are more than twice as common as Covid 19 deaths. I feel that the news in Japan still gives top priority to Covid19, but in my opinion, we should do more to prevent suicide.


I don’t mean to imply that Covid19 is not important, but I think there is a lack of balance in both measures and reporting/news.


In Japan, most people who die from pneumonia die from aspiration pneumonia. I think that the public should be more widely informed about how to prevent this disease.


I don’t know if there is any point in comparing with other countries in the world or not, but I think the fact that the number of people dying from Covid 19 is low in comparison with the rest of the world is due to the fact that the Japanese people on the whole are responding to the government’s requests extremely seriously, and the people on the front line of medical care are really working hard. I think that there should be objective reporting based on data. It’s a shame that the news reports only talk about the wasted masks ordered by government and the people who are not following the rules of self-restraint, which are exceptionally negative. (I don’t deny that I may have misunderstood the situation since I don’t live in Japan and my only sources of information are TV and internet news.)


The same simulation shows that Covid19 is the fifth most common cause of death in the Philippines. As far as the Philippines is concerned, coronary heart disease and stroke are by far the most common causes of death. I am not a medical professional, but I understand that both of these diseases are related to blood vessels. Covid19 may indeed be a scary disease, but I am concerned that by staying at home, Filipino’s lifestyle will deteriorate and the number of deaths from the above causes will increase.

死因の国際比較に意味があるのか、Covid19とその他死因を比較することの有効性は良く分かっていませんが、Covid19を最優先に報道し、対策している日本とフィリピンには私は疑問を感じています。日本の厚生労働省やフィリピンのDepartment of Healthは国民の健康を総合的に考え、サポートすることが求められているのでしょうから、そのための最善のアドバイス、サポートをすることが求められていると思います。

I am not sure if there is a meaningful international comparison of causes of death, or the validity of comparing Covid19 with other causes of death, but I have my doubts about Japan and the Philippines, where Covid19 is given top priority in reporting and measures. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan and the Department of Health in the Philippines are supposed to consider and support the overall health of the people, and I believe that they are expected to provide the best advice and support for this purpose.


I think all of us are hoping that this year we will be able to live a normal life. In Japan, at least, I think it is time to consider whether it is really in the best interest of the entire nation to continue to give top priority to Covid19.