How a Sick City Became the Healthiest Place in Japan

Trade shaming for moderation

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Illustrations: Kaki Okumura

Why Nagano was so salty

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An illustration of pickles.

How Nagano saved itself

What differentiates the region’s strategy

Rather than disciplining their citizens to eliminate salted foods and shaming them for having too much of it, the focus was on ways to still enjoy their local foods, but in ways that could complement a healthy lifestyle.

Source: Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare National Survey 2016

Lessons from Nagano

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An illustration of daikon in the ground.
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Horizontal teal brushstroke used as a section divider.

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱

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