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Japanese centenarians say top pastimes are watching TV, listening to radio

A survey of 100 people aged 100 or older has found that watching TV and listening to the radio are their most popular pastimes.

    Q'Sai Co., a major health food distributor based in Fukuoka, conducted the survey between May and June this year, asking centenarians and their families across the country about the senior pollees' most favorite things to do. Eighty-six people said they enjoyed media such as TV and newspapers, highlighting their interest in keeping track of social events.

    When asked to specify the three most favorite things to do in their daily lives, with multiple answers allowed, watching TV and listening to the radio came in first, cited by 71 respondents. Eating took second place, selected by 68 pollees, while reading newspapers and magazines placed third with 53 people.

    Asked what they liked to eat, with multiple answers permitted, the most common answer was rice. By gender, the second and third most popular food among men was meat and fish, respectively, while fruit and vegetables came in second and third among women.

    Thirty-eight people said they had continued to work beyond 80.

    The eldest respondent was aged 108, while 80 of the 100 pollees were women. In Japan, there are more than 60,000 people aged 100 or over.

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