Yone Minagawa

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Yone Minagawa
Native name 皆川 ヨ子
Born (1893-01-04)4 January 1893
Akaike, Fukuoka, Japan
Died 13 August 2007
(aged 114 years, 221 days)
Fukuchi, Fukuoka, Japan
Known for Oldest living person in the world (29 January 2007 – 13 August 2007)
Children 5

Yone Minagawa (皆川 ヨ子, Minagawa Yone, 4 January 1893 – 13 August 2007) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person from 29 January 2007 until her death aged 114 years 221 days on 13 August 2007.[1][2]


After her husband died, she raised her five children by selling flowers and vegetables at a coal mine.[3]

Minagawa lived alone in the Momochi apartment building in Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka, near Seinan Gakuin University, until 2005, when she moved to Keijuen, a special nursing home in her native Akaike, Fukuoka. Minagawa enjoyed playing the shamisen. Even at 114, she participated in club activities in a wheelchair and "danced" along to music.[4][3]

Minagawa became the oldest living person in Japan when 114-year-old Ura Koyama died on 5 April 2005. With the death of 114-year-old American Emma Tillman on 28 January 2007, Minagawa became the oldest living person in the world. Minagawa was 114 years, 25 days at the time.[5] Although the previous holder of the title, Emma Tillman, died on 28 January 2007 around 10:10 PM EST, it was already well into 29 January in Japan at that time.

Minagawa died on 13 August 2007 at the age of 114 years, 221 days. All but one of her children died before her, but she left six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. With her death, another 114-year-old, Edna Parker of the United States, became the oldest living person.[5]

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