Japan's children are among the healthiest in the world. | World Economic Forum. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
Japan has the highest rate of childhood vaccination in the world. Its average child receives vaccinations for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B. The country also has one of the lowest rates of infant mortality worldwide. In 2014, it was 4 per 1000 births — lower than any other developed country except Sweden.
In addition to having few childhood diseases, Japanese kids are also known for their long lives: on average, they live until they're 100 years old. One reason may be that many children stay home from school with a cold or the flu. When they do go back, they usually don't come back again until they're 16 years old.
Japan has the highest percentage of children under five living in households with two working parents - about 70%. But despite these challenges, most Japanese kids are expected to reach adulthood healthy and strong.
They're often rated as highly intelligent and disciplined. And since there are so many vaccines required by law, even non-vaccinating families can enjoy perfect immunity across the whole population.
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Chad and Somalia are the world's most dangerous countries for children to get ill. Switzerland and Finland are the safest countries. This is the result of a Save the Children index, which rates 161 nations based on the availability of health staff. Chad and Somalia also have the highest mortality rates for children under five years old.
The United States ranked second last, with children here being more likely to die before their fifth birthday than in any other country. The main causes of death: accidents (such as falls from heights), infections, and neurological disorders.
Canada came in second-to-last on the list. Children there are more likely to die before their fifth birthdays than in any other country. The main causes of death: traffic accidents, suicides, and drugs/alcoholism.
Australia was listed as the ninth-most dangerous country. Children there are more likely to die before their fifth birthdays than in Canada or the United States.
New Zealand was rated as the tenth-most dangerous place for children. They're likelier to die before their fifth birthdays than in Australia.
England and Wales were listed as the thirteenth-highest risk country. Their rate of child deaths is higher than New Zealand's but lower than Australia's.
Scotland was listed as the fourteenth-highest risk country.
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The number of baby fatalities varies by country, with some countries registering highly frightening rates of child mortality and others recording near-zero child deaths. According to data, Japan is the world's leading nation in terms of infant mortality. The number of infant deaths in Japan is about 5 per 1,000 live births, which is lower than the global average of 12 per 1,000 lives.
China comes next on the list of most infant deaths with an estimated 6.3 million children dying before their fifth birthday. In fact, China has the highest rate of childhood death of any country in the world. India has the second-highest rate of childhood death, followed by Russia. Within Asia, only Israel has a higher rate of infant survival than China.
Israel's rate of infant mortality is about 3 times that of China's rate. It is also much lower than that of many other Western countries. America has the highest rate of infant mortality out of all the Western countries, with approximately 11 infants dying for every 1,000 live births. This is more than twice the rate of Japan or Italy, for example.
In conclusion, Japan has the lowest rate of infant mortality worldwide. China comes next, then India, then Russia. Within Asia, only Israel has a lower rate of infant mortality than China.