Japan’s Oldest Person Dies at 113

Posted on February 23, 2008

Tsuneyo Toyonaga, who became the oldest person in Japan last summer, died at the age of 113.

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Toyonaga has been living for the last 12 years in a nursing home and had recently been moved over to a nearby hospital after losing her appetite and was unable to eat.

“She was dozing off most of the day recently but when she was awake she used to enjoy singing children’s songs. Once she started singing she wouldn’t stop until we all got tired and had to stop her,” she said.

Toyonaga, who was born on May 21, 1894, was only a year younger than the current Guinness record holder Edna Parker, of Shelbyville, Ind., who is 114 and was born on April 20, 1893.

Japan, who people have the world’s longest average life span, has seen the number of seniors over 100 years old quadruple in the past decade, and is expected to grow past 28,000 people soon. Japanese women live to an average age of 86, while men live to be an average of 79 years old. This is often attributed to lifestyle practices and diet, such as fish, rice, and green tea.

Kaku Yamanaka, born on Dec. 11, 1894, is now Japan’s oldest person. She lives in a nursing home in Aichi, central Japan.

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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Jim
Jim

What is weird about a 113 year old person dieing? I would have thought it was not unexpected.

okinawa marine
okinawa marine

I thought the world's oldest person was like 120 years old or something?

Mikaya
Mikaya

"Japan's Oldest Person Dies at 113"

JohnP
JohnP

She was Japan's oldest person Goodnight, Sweet princess...

darkwing duck
darkwing duck

Once a old person goes to a hospital. They never come out a life everybody knows that.