Kama Chinen on her 110th birthday
|Native name||知念 カマ|
10 May 1895|
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
|Died||2 May 2010
(aged 114 years, 357 days)
Nanjō, Okinawa, Japan
|Known for||World's verified oldest person|
Kama Chinen (知念 カマ Chinen Kama?, 10 May 1895 – 2 May 2010) was a Japanese supercentenarian, who, at the age of 114 years 124 days, became the oldest validated living person when American supercentenarian Gertrude Baines (born 6 April 1894) died on 11 September 2009. She died on 2 May 2010, eight days before her 115th birthday. At the time of her death, she was the 26th oldest verified person ever, the second oldest verified Japanese person ever and the oldest verified person ever from Okinawa.
In September 2008, Chinen was reported to be in a wheelchair: "Though her daily activities required assistance, she enjoyed going outside in a wheelchair with a nurse," the ministry said.
Chinen died at 4:40 PM on 2 May 2010 in Nanjō, Okinawa. She was 114 years and 357 days old. The death left Eugénie Blanchard as the oldest living person and Chiyono Hasegawa as the oldest living person in Japan.
- Validated living supercentenarians The Gerontology Research Group, that specialises in lists of persons as 'living' whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year.
- Bermudez, Esmeralda (2009-09-11). "Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest person, dies at 115". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
- "Japan's Centenarians at Record High of 36,276". ABC News. September 12, 2008.
- Report on Kama Chinen's death (Japanese)