|Native name||川手 ミトヨ|
May 15, 1889|
|Died||November 13, 2003
(aged 114 years, 182 days)
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
Mitoyo Kawate (川手 ミトヨ Kawate Mitoyo?, May 15, 1889 – November 13, 2003) was a Japanese supercentenarian and, at the age of 114 years 182 days, briefly the oldest recognized living person after the death of Japanese man Yukichi Chuganji.
Another Hiroshima woman, Asa Takii (1884–1998), had also lived to age 114, and in doing so had become the oldest in Japan, but Kawate is the oldest person in the city's history and the only one from there to become the oldest recognized living person. She was known for her fondness for custard.
Her death left Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan of Puerto Rico the oldest documented person in the world, though this was not recognized by Guinness World Records until 2004 (Charlotte Benkner of the U.S. had been given the title in the interim).
- The oldest woman in the world, timeline. nealirc.org
|Oldest recognized living person
September 28, 2003 – November 13, 2003
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan