On 12 July at 2:08 am, in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto, Jiroemon Kimura passed away due to natural causes. Since his birth on 19 April, 1897, Mr. Kimura had gone on to live the longest life of any male in the world: 116 years and 54 days. During his life he bore witness to the evolution of modern Japanese society, falling under the reign of four emperors and all but one of Japan’s Prime Ministers.

Mr. Kimura was born in the same town that he died in, which was then called Ukawa village. He worked in various capacities as a postal worker for 50 years in Japan and Korea.  After his retirement in 1962 he had continued to live as active a life as possible.

On 28 December, 2012 he surpassed Christian Mortensen’s record of 115 years and 252 days to become the male with the longest lifespan in the world. This was only three weeks after becoming the oldest living person in the world following the passing of Dina Manfredini who was born only 15 days earlier than Jiroemon Kimura.

Following Mr. Kimura’s death, Misao Okawa of Higashi Sumiyoshi, Osaka has become the oldest living person in the world at the age of 115 according to data from an American gerontology research community. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reports that Jokichi Ikarashi of Sanjo, Niigata is now Japan’s oldest man at age 111.

We like to express our condolences to the family of Mr. Kimura, and also wish Ms. Okawa and Mr. Ikarashi continued health in further stretching the limits of human life.

Source: Yomiuri (Japanese)
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