List of Japanese supercentenarians

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Chiyono Hasegawa (1896–2011), a resident of Saga and here pictured in September 2010, was one of hundreds of Japanese supercentenarians. She died at age 115 years, 12 days.

Japanese supercentenarians are citizens, residents or emigrants from Japan who have attained or surpassed the age of 110 years. As of January 2015, the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) had validated the longevity claims of 263 Japanese supercentenarians, most of them women.[1] According to them the oldest verified Japanese and Asian person ever is Kane Tanaka (1903–2022), who lived to age 119 years, 107 days, making her the second oldest validated person ever as well. Japan was also home to the world's oldest man ever, Jiroemon Kimura (1897–2013), who lived to age 116 years, 54 days.[2]

100 oldest known Japanese[edit]

  Deceased   Living

Rank Name Sex Birth date Death date Age Birthplace Place of death
or residence
01 Kane Tanaka[3] F 2 January 1903 19 April 2022 119 years, 107 days Fukuoka Fukuoka
02 Nabi Tajima[3] F 4 August 1900 21 April 2018 117 years, 260 days Kagoshima Kagoshima
03 Chiyo Miyako[3] F 2 May 1901 22 July 2018 117 years, 81 days Wakayama Kanagawa
04 Misao Okawa[3] F 5 March 1898 1 April 2015 117 years, 27 days Ōsaka Ōsaka
05 Tane Ikai[4] F 18 January 1879 12 July 1995 116 years, 175 days Aichi Aichi
06 Jiroemon Kimura[1] M 19 April 1897 12 June 2013 116 years, 54 days Kyōto Kyōto
07 Shigeyo Nakachi[3] F 1 February 1905 11 January 2021 115 years, 345 days Saga Saga
08 Shimoe Akiyama[3] F 19 May 1903 29 January 2019 115 years, 255 days (unknown) Aichi
09 Anonymous[3] F 15 March 1900 27 September 2015 115 years, 196 days (unknown) Tōkyō
10 Shin Matsushita[3] F 30 March 1904 27 August 2019 115 years, 150 days Miyagi Miyagi
11 Fusa Tatsumi[5] F 25 April 1907 Living 115 years, 108 days Ōsaka Ōsaka
12 Mina Kitagawa[3] F 3 November 1905 19 December 2020 115 years, 46 days Shiga Shiga
13 Yoshi Otsunari[3] F 17 December 1906 26 January 2022 115 years, 40 days (unknown) Fukuoka
14 Koto Okubo[1][6] F 24 December 1897 12 January 2013 115 years, 19 days Tōkyō Kanagawa
15 Chiyono Hasegawa[7] F 20 November 1896 2 December 2011 115 years, 12 days Saga Saga
16 Anonymous[3] F 29 April 1907 30 April 2022 115 years, 1 day (unknown) Hyōgo
17 Kama Chinen[8] F 10 May 1895 2 May 2010 114 years, 357 days Okinawa Okinawa
18 Kiyoko Ishiguro[3] F 4 March 1901 5 December 2015 114 years, 276 days Tōkyō Kanagawa
19 Yukie Hino[3] F 17 April 1902 13 January 2017 114 years, 271 days (unknown) Niigata
20 Hide Ohira[4] F 15 September 1880 9 May 1995 114 years, 236 days Wakayama Wakayama
21 Yone Minagawa[9] F 4 January 1893 13 August 2007 114 years, 221 days Fukuoka Fukuoka
22 Ura Koyama[4] F 30 August 1890 5 April 2005 114 years, 218 days Hiroshima Fukuoka
23 Yoshi Baba[3] F 3 June 1907 4 January 2022 114 years, 215 days Yamanashi Yamanashi
24 Iso Nakamura[3] F 23 April 1903 23 November 2017 114 years, 214 days Ishikawa Ishikawa
25 Mitsue Toyoda[3] F 15 February 1902 25 August 2016 114 years, 192 days (unknown) Ōita
26 Tase Matsunaga[4] F 11 May 1884 18 November 1998 114 years, 191 days Niigata Tōkyō
Kame Ganeko[3] F 10 April 1905 18 October 2019 Okinawa Okinawa
28 Yukichi Chuganji[4] M 23 March 1889 28 September 2003 114 years, 189 days Fukuoka Fukuoka
29 Kame Nakamura[10] F 8 March 1898 12 September 2012 114 years, 188 days Okinawa Okinawa
30 Mitoyo Kawate[4] F 15 May 1889 13 November 2003 114 years, 182 days Hiroshima Hiroshima
31 Kahoru Furuya[5] F 18 February 1908 Living 114 years, 174 days (unknown) Shizuoka
32 Toshie Yorimitsu[3] F 30 September 1901 28 February 2016 114 years, 151 days Kōchi Okinawa
33 Tae Ito[3] F 11 July 1903 13 November 2017 114 years, 125 days Iwate Iwate
34 Hama Yasukawa[3] F 19 January 1907 23 May 2021 114 years, 124 days Hyōgo Hyōgo
35 Chiyo Shiraishi[11] F 6 August 1895 19 November 2009 114 years, 105 days Fukushima Ibaraki
36 Asa Takii[4] F 28 April 1884 31 July 1998 114 years, 94 days Hiroshima Hiroshima
37 Waka Shirahama[4] F 23 March 1878 16 June 1992 114 years, 85 days Kagoshima Miyazaki
38 Osugi Sogo[3] F 13 August 1905 4 November 2019 114 years, 83 days Hiroshima Ehime
39 Tomiko Itooka[5] F 23 May 1908 Living 114 years, 80 days Ōsaka Hyōgo
40 Suekiku Miyanaga[4] F 7 April 1884 20 June 1998 114 years, 74 days Kagoshima Kagoshima
41 Shige Hirooka[7] F 16 January 1897 29 March 2011 114 years, 72 days (unknown) Ōsaka
42 Kimiko Ono[5] F 20 June 1908 Living 114 years, 52 days Wakayama Ōsaka
43 Tomoe Iwata[3] F 25 March 1904 13 April 2018 114 years, 19 days Iwate Iwate
44 Tane Yonekura[3] F 2 May 1904 19 May 2018 114 years, 17 days (unknown) Kagoshima
45 Kura Bingo[3] F 20 October 1905 31 October 2019 114 years, 11 days (unknown) Nara
46 Yoshiyo Bessho[3] F 1 April 1904 8 April 2018 114 years, 7 days Okayama Okayama
47 Hatsue Ono[10] F 31 October 1898 17 October 2012 113 years, 352 days Iwate Hokkaidō
48 Yasu Akino[4] F 1 March 1885 12 February 1999 113 years, 348 days Shizuoka Shizuoka
49 Nahi Yonamine[3] F 9 March 1908 7 February 2022 113 years, 335 days Okinawa Okinawa
50 Sayo Taminato[3] F 15 October 1906 7 August 2020 113 years, 297 days Okinawa Okinawa
51 Kimi Asanuma[3] F 3 November 1905 22 August 2019 113 years, 292 days (unknown) Tōkyō
52 Tsuneyo Toyonaga[12] F 21 May 1894 22 February 2008 113 years, 277 days Kōchi Kōchi
53 Tomoji Tanabe[11] M 18 September 1895 19 June 2009 113 years, 274 days Miyazaki Miyazaki
54 Mitsue Nagasaki[1] F 18 September 1899 17 June 2013 113 years, 272 days Kumamoto Hiroshima
55 Shizue Nagata[3] F 25 July 1903 12 April 2017 113 years, 261 days (unknown) Kumamoto
Teru Oshiro[13] F 10 May 1904 26 January 2018 Okinawa Okinawa
57 Hatsuno Goto[3] F 1 September 1903 15 May 2017 113 years, 256 days Niigata Tōkyō
58 Hide Hamabe[14] F 3 December 1908 Living 113 years, 251 days (unknown) Miyazaki
59 Tsurue Amou[3] F 1 March 1904 6 November 2017 113 years, 250 days (unknown) Tokushima
60 Katsue Kurimoto[3] F 20 March 1907 22 November 2020 113 years, 247 days Tokushima Nara
61 Hisa Arai[3] F 10 September 1904 4 May 2018 113 years, 236 days Gifu Gifu
62 Shitsu Nakano[9] F 1 January 1894 19 August 2007 113 years, 230 days Fukuoka Fukuoka
63 Taka Tsuji[3] F 6 August 1906 4 March 2020 113 years, 211 days Saga Saga
64 Kaoru Kobayashi[15] F 18 January 1909 Living 113 years, 205 days (unknown) Chiba
65 Tsukimi Kishi[3] F 31 August 1905 19 March 2019 113 years, 200 days Tochigi Tochigi
66 Katsumi Ando[16] F 2 February 1909 Living 113 years, 190 days Mie Mie
67 Take Taniguchi[17][18] F 5 February 1909 Living 113 years, 187 days Hokkaidō Hokkaidō
68 Masazō Nonaka[3] M 25 July 1905 20 January 2019 113 years, 179 days Hokkaidō Hokkaidō
69 Kiku Usami[3] F 1 September 1904 26 February 2018 113 years, 178 days (unknown) Niigata
70 Tame Yamaguchi[3] F 20 March 1907 6 September 2020 113 years, 170 days Kagoshima Miyazaki
71 Masa Iseri[3] F 19 September 1902 5 March 2016 113 years, 168 days (unknown) Kumamoto
72 Koito Furukawa[1] F 8 May 1901 11 October 2014 113 years, 156 days (unknown) Tokushima
73 Katsue Hiraishi[3] F 9 June 1904 6 November 2017 113 years, 150 days Tokushima Tokushima
74 Yoshino Tanaka[1] F 3 March 1900 30 July 2013 113 years, 149 days Okinawa Nagasaki
Shinobu Hayashi[19][20] F 15 March 1909 Living 113 years, 149 days (unknown) Kōchi
76 Terue Ashida[1] F 20 September 1899 15 February 2013 113 years, 148 days Hyōgo Hyōgo
77 Kesa Yamada[3] F 30 March 1907 15 August 2020 113 years, 138 days Gunma Gunma
78 Komiya Miyazaki[7] F 20 August 1897 4 January 2011 113 years, 137 days Hiroshima Hiroshima
79 Mise Ito[4] F 6 November 1890 18 March 2004 113 years, 133 days Shizuoka Shizuoka
80 Jun Kitamasu[1] F 2 March 1900 11 July 2013 113 years, 131 days Hiroshima Hiroshima
81 Mitsuno Sato[21][22] F 9 April 1909 Living 113 years, 124 days (unknown) Akita
82 Kaku Yamanaka[12] F 11 December 1894 5 April 2008 113 years, 116 days Aichi Aichi
Motome Hirata[3] F 12 August 1906 6 December 2019 Nagano[23] Chiba
Setsuko Moriyama[3] F 5 November 1907 1 March 2021 Okinawa Okinawa
85 Sue Utagawa[4] F 19 January 1884 4 May 1997 113 years, 105 days Yamaguchi Yamaguchi
86 Niwa Kawamoto[4] F 5 August 1863 16 November 1976 113 years, 103 days (unknown) Shiga
87 Tome Takaoka[10] F 1 January 1899 12 April 2012 113 years, 102 days Ōsaka Ibaraki
88 Masayo Ito[3] F 1 October 1902 6 January 2016 113 years, 97 days (unknown) Miyagi
89 Kame Takamiyagi[10] F 10 June 1899 10 September 2012 113 years, 92 days Okinawa Okinawa
90 Natsuyo Kinase[3] F 30 October 1906 26 January 2020 113 years, 88 days Miyagi Kanagawa
91 Chiyono Ohta[8] F 1 November 1896 25 January 2010 113 years, 85 days Miyagi Miyagi
Shige Mineshiba[24] F 18 May 1909 Living 113 years, 85 days Aichi Canada
93 Sumie Yabune[3] F 5 February 1907 23 April 2020 113 years, 78 days Wakayama Wakayama
94 Kano Ebara[3] F 30 March 1907 14 June 2020 113 years, 76 days (unknown) Okayama
95 Mie Ishiguro[4] F 2 June 1888 14 August 2001 113 years, 73 days Hokkaidō Hokkaidō
96 Hina Shikawatari[10] F 1 January 1899 15 February 2012 113 years, 45 days (unknown) Ishikawa
97 Kuni Onose[3] F 31 December 1904 5 February 2018 113 years, 36 days Ibaraki Ibaraki
98 Yoshino Ide[11] F 1 January 1896 28 January 2009 113 years, 27 days (unknown) Hyōgo
99 Ito Konno Kinase[4] F 31 December 1889 24 January 2003 113 years, 24 days Fukushima United States
100 Tase Hayasaka[4] F 1 July 1885 23 July 1998 113 years, 22 days Miyagi Niigata

Biographies[edit]

Yukichi Chuganji[edit]

Yukichi Chuganji (中願寺 雄吉; Chūganji Yūkichi, 23 March 1889 – 28 September 2003) was a Japanese silkworm breeder, instructor in the agricultural specialty, bank employee and community welfare officer who lived for 114 years and 189 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest Japanese man ever and the world's oldest living person.

Chuganji did not like to eat vegetables but liked beef, pork and chicken. He also ate toffee, drank milk, the occasional apple juice and only drank alcohol in moderation, which he believed were the secrets to a long life. During the last years of his life, he had failing eye sight and was bedridden. He died of natural causes on the evening of Sunday 28 September 2003, after being served a glass of apple juice by his 74-year-old daughter, who was his only living child.[25] Besides 5 children, Chuganji also had 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Denzo Ishizaki[edit]

Denzō Ishizaki (石崎 伝蔵, Ishizaki Denzō, 20 October 1886 (or 1884?) – 29 April 1999) was an elementary school teacher and town assembly member in his hometown Kansago, Ibaraki Prefecture. At the time of his death, Ishizaki had been the world's oldest living man for almost 18 weeks, as well as the 9th oldest living person in the world.[26] He died of multiple organ failure on 29 April 1999 at age 112 years and 191 days,[27] the oldest Japanese man ever (until October 2001, when his record was broken by Yukichi Chuganji). However, Ishizaki claimed to be two years older, asserting that his birth register had been "delayed by two years".[28]

Nabi Tajima[edit]

Nabi Tajima (田島 ナビ, Tajima Nabi, 4 August 1900 – 21 April 2018)[29][30][31] succeeded Violet Brown as the world's oldest person for 217 days after Brown's death on 16 September 2017. She was the last person verified as having been born in the 19th century.[32]

Tajima was born and died on the small island of Kikaijima, about halfway between Okinawa and the main Japanese islands. Her husband, Tominishi Tajima (田島 富二子), died at the age of 93 in 1991.[33][34] She had nine children, seven sons and two daughters,[33] and in September 2017 she was reported to have had around 160 descendants, including great-great-great-grandchildren.[35] She stated that her longevity was due to sleeping soundly and eating delicious food.[32] Guinness World Records was planning to certify Tajima as the world's oldest person, but she died at a nursing home in Kikai shortly before they could do so.[36][37]

She died at age 117 years and 260 days and held the title of oldest Japanese person ever until Kane Tanaka surpassed Tajima's final age on 19 September 2020.[38]

Masazō Nonaka[edit]

Masazō Nonaka (野中 正造, Nonaka Masazō, 25 July 1905 – 20 January 2019) had been, at the time of his death, Japan's oldest living man since October 2016,[39] and the world's oldest living man for one year, since January 2018.[40] Nonaka was also the oldest person ever born in Hokkaidō.

He had two brothers and three sisters; Nonaka married Hatsuno Nonaka in 1931. They had five children, of whom three were living as of his death.[41] He ran the family onsen, which opened in 1905. He spent most of his later years in a wheelchair, crediting his longevity to eating sweets and relaxing in the hot springs.[42][43] Nonaka died at home of natural causes at 1:30 a.m. on 20 January 2019, aged 113 years and 179 days.[41][44]

See also[edit]

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