I had my medical checkup today, which most companies in Japan make their staff do. It is a pretty thorough examination, including drinking barium. It is anything like a milkshare as described in the above site. I didn’t even realize their could be some risks. In Japan, it is easier just go with the flow.
Thorough medical checkups are probably why Japanese have one of the longest life spans in the world, as they are able to nip any problems as they occur. Australian (males) are usually on their deathbeds before they think of visiting a doctor.
Of course there is McDonalds here, Japanese smoke and work a lot but they are fairly health conscience. If you stick to healthy Japanese foods you can do fairly well.
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