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The 701st Mita Public Speaking Event: Clues to Healthy Ageing—What Centenarians can Help Teach Us

Update:Dec. 01, 2015

On Wednesday November 25, the traditional Mita Public Speaking Event was held at the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan). At this 701st event, Guest Professor Nobuyoshi Hirose of the Center for Supercentenarian Medical Research gave a lecture on clues to healthy ageing and what centenarians can help teach us.

Established in April 2014, the Center for Supercentenarian Medical Research is a new medical research center for ageing. Centenarians are people who live to or beyond the age of 100 and are seen as the epitome of healthy ageing. Guest Professor Hirose’s lecture was based on almost 20 years of research and investigation on centenarians. Firstly, he explained the medical characteristics of centenarians, as well as their level of happiness and personality traits that may be associated with longevity, after which he provided an actual example of a centenarian along with the family relationships. He observed that as centenarians get older, they are able to transcend personal egoism and experience increased level of happiness. He also shared the many stories of centenarians and concluded that the secret to longevity is building happy and strong relationships with the people around you.

Despite the unfortunate rainy weather, the event attracted a large crowd of students, members of the general public, and researchers. The audience listened intently to the talk, and a lively Q&A session ensued.

Mita Public Speaking Hall
Mita Public Speaking Hall
Guest Professor Hirose giving his lecture
Guest Professor Hirose giving his lecture

Inside the Hall
Inside the Hall
The audience
The audience

Photo: Aki Takematsu