Kama Chinen

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Kama Chinen
Kama Chinen.jpg
Kama Chinen on her 110th birthday
Native name 知念 カマ
Born (1895-05-10)10 May 1895
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Died (2010-05-02)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.[1] She died on 2 May 2010, eight days before her 115th birthday. At the time of her death, she was the second oldest verified Japanese person ever (behind Tane Ikai) and the oldest verified person ever from Okinawa.

Health status[edit]

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.[2]


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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda (2009-09-11). "Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest person, dies at 115". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Japan's Centenarians at Record High of 36,276". ABC News. September 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Report on Kama Chinen's death (in Japanese) Archived May 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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