Survey shows Japanese children's strength has improved since late 1990s
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Oct 08
The physical strength of Japanese children has improved significantly, a survey by the sports ministry showed Sunday.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology introduced the current survey method on physical strength in fiscal 1998, and the latest data for fiscal 2011 showed a drastic improvement since then.
Boosted by the fitness boom, scores for people aged 50 or older also improved, but those for women in their 20s and 30s as well as men in their 30s declined as they have less opportunity to exercise, it said.
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