Why Japanese People Look Young

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When many Japanese people say their age in foreign countries, people around them wonder why they look so young. This is because Japanese people are seen as young in the West. It is quite difficult for foreigners to accurately guess the age of Japanese people. This is true not only for the Japanese but also for all Asians. Why do Japanese people look younger than their Western counterparts?

Here are some of the reasons:

Facial outlines are fuzzy

The facial outline of Asians is generally not clear. This is a mongoloid trait. Regardless of race, children often have less distinct facial outlines than adults, which is why Westerners naturally find Japanese children younger when they see them with less distinct facial outlines.

Slim body shape

Compared to Westerners, the Japanese are generally thinner. Therefore, regardless of age, Japanese people are not seen as middle-aged.

Good make-up skills

According to an international comparative study conducted by NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute on the number of time women around the age of 20 spend on makeup, Japanese women spend an average of 1 hour and 27 minutes each week, while women in six Western countries spend, on average, 53 minutes per week.

Beautiful Skin

In Europe and the United States, when people travel during the summer, it is customary to sunbathe. As a result, as they age, both men and women are prone to wrinkles. In contrast, the Japanese who actively deal with ultraviolet rays will all have smooth skin regardless of their age.

They do not appear to be assertive

Japanese people who have been educated not to cause trouble for others are similar to Westerners who assert their “individuality” while traveling, and they often cooperate with others even when traveling abroad.

No resistance to childish things

For example, manga, anime, and cartoon characters such as Hello Kitty are for children in Europe and the U.S., while older children and adults don’t use them. In Japan, however, everyone naturally buys and uses them. In other words, this is a society that allows adults to prefer childish (youthful/children’s) things.