Mitoyo Kawate

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Mitoyo Kawate
Native name 川手 ミトヨ
Born (1889-05-15)May 15, 1889
Hiroshima, Japan
Died November 13, 2003(2003-11-13)
(aged 114 years, 182 days)
Hiroshima, Japan
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.[1]

She was taken to a hospital shortly before her death from pneumonia. Her 'oldest person' reign lasted only 46 days. Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan became the oldest living person.

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).


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Preceded by
Yukichi Chuganji
Oldest recognized living person
September 28, 2003 – November 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan