Jiroemon Kimura

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Jiroemon Kimura
Native name 木村 次郎右衛門
Born Miyake Kinjirō (三宅 金治郎?)[1]
19 April 1897[2]
Kamiukawa, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died 12 June 2013
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Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Residence Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Retired postal worker, farmer[3]
Known for
  • Oldest verified living man since 14 April 2011,
  • Oldest verified living person since 17 December 2012,
  • Oldest verified man ever since 28 December 2012.
  • Last verified living person born in 1897.
  • First man to live up to 116.[4]
  • Last verified man born in the 19th century.
Spouse Yae Kimura (1904-1978) (m. ?–1978; her death)
Children
  • 7 children (5 surviving)
Parents Morizo and Fusa Miyake
Relatives
  • 15 grandchildren (14 surviving)
  • 25 great-grandchildren
  • 13 great-great-grandchildren

Jiroemon Kimura (木村 次郎右衛門, 19 April 1897 – 12 June 2013)[5] was a Japanese supercentenarian, who has been listed by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in the world since the death of Dina Manfredini on December 17, 2012. Kimura became the oldest man ever verified by the Guinness World Records after his lifespan became longer than that of Christian Mortensen on December 28, 2012. He was the only living man who was born before the 1900s, as well as the oldest and last verified person ever to have been born in the year 1897.

Personal history[change | edit source]

Kimura was born as Kinjiro Miyake (三宅 金治郎 Miyake Kinjirō) in the fishing village of Kamiukawa.[1] After he fishished school at the age of 14, he worked for local post offices for over 45 years until he retired in 1962 at the age of 65. In the 1920's, he also worked as a government communications worker in Korea, which was at the time a colony of Japan.

Marriage[change | edit source]

After he returned from Korea, he married Yae Kimura and changed his name to Jiroemon Kimura, since his wife's family lacked a male heir. They were married until her death in 1978 and had seven children, five of which are still living. He lives in Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan with his eldest son's widow and grandson's widow.

Unknown birth date[change | edit source]

According to a nephew of his, Jiroemon Kimura's date of birth was actually 19 March 1897, but was recorded in error as 19 April 1897 in 1955. Guinness World Records however recognise him according to his records as being born on 19 April 1897, aged 116. Kimura was hospitalized for pneumonia in May 2013 and slowly recovered, but his health began to decline over the weeks. This is similar to the situation regarding Shigechio Izumi, who was originally thought to have died age 120 years old, until it was discovered he had probably been confused with his brother.

Death[change | edit source]

Kimura died on June 12, 2013 in a hospital in Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan from natural causes. He was 116 years and 54 days old.[6]

Longevity records[change | edit source]

  • 16 October 2007 – Kimura was added to the Guinness World Records Gerontology Research Group list.
  • 23 February 2009 – Kiyosho Igarashi died. Kimura, aged 111 years, 310 days, became the last surviving man born in 1897.
  • 19 June 2009 – Tomoji Tanabe died. Kimura, aged 112 years, 61 days, became the oldest living man in Japan.
  • 5 September 2010 – Kimura, aged 113 years, 139 days, lived to be older than Fredrick Frazier, becoming one of the 10 oldest verified men ever.
  • 4 November 2010 – Eugenie Blanchard died. Kimura, aged 113 years, 200 days, became one of the 10 verified oldest living people.
  • 19 January 2011 – Kimura, aged 113 years, 275 days, entered the list of the 100 verified oldest people.
  • 14 April 2011 – Walter Breuning died. Kimura, aged 113 years, 360 days, became the world's oldest living man and the last known man ever to have been born before the 1900's.
  • 19 April 2011 – Kimura became the 6th verified man to reach the age of 114.
  • 11 September 2011 – Tanekichi Onishi died. Kimura, aged 114 years, 145 days, became the last Japanese man born in the 19th century.
  • 26 October 2011 – Kimura, aged 114 years, 190 days, lived to be older than Yukichi Chuganji, becoming the oldest verified Japanese man ever.
  • 2 December 2011 – Chiyono Hasegawa died. Kimura, aged 114 years, 227 days, became the oldest living Japanese and Asian person.
  • 19 April 2012 – Kimura became the 28th verified person and 3rd verified man to reach the age of 115.
  • 2 May 2012 – Kimura, aged 115 years, 13 days, lived to be older than Chiyono Hasegawa, becoming the oldest Asian person ever to live in three centuries and the second oldest Asian person ever.
  • 12 August 2012 – Kimura, aged 115 years, 115 days, lived to be older than Maria de Jesus, becoming one of the 20 oldest people ever.
  • 23 September 2012 – Kimura, aged 115 years, 157 days, lived to be older than Emiliano Mercado del Toro, becoming the oldest verified man ever to live in three centuries.
  • 4 December 2012 – Besse Cooper died. Kimura, aged 115 years, 229 days, became the second oldest person after Dina Manfredini.
  • 17 December 2012 – Dina Manfredini died. Kimura, aged 115 years, 242 days, became the oldest living person in the world and first man to hold the title since Emiliano Mercado del Toro died on 24 January 2007.
  • 28 December 2012 – Kimura, aged 115 years, 253 days, lived to be older than Christian Mortensen, becoming the oldest verified man ever.
  • 2 January 2013 – Kimura, aged 115 years, 258 days, lived to be older than Dina Manfredini, becoming one of the 10 oldest verified people and the longest-lived person born in 1897.
  • 12 January 2013 – Koto Okubo died. Kimura, aged 115 years, 268 days, became the last known surviving person born in 1897.
  • 19 April 2013 – Kimura became the 9th verified person and first verified man to reach the age of 116.
  • 23 May 2013 – James Sisnett (b. 22 February 1900) died. Kimura, aged 116 years, 34 days, became the last verified man born in the 19th century.
  • 12 June 2013 – Kimura died in a hospital in Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan from natural causes. He was 116 years old and 54 days. Misao Okawa becomes the World's Oldest Living person.

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Preceded by
Dina Manfredini
Oldest recognized living person
December 17, 2012 – June 12, 2013
Succeeded by
Misao Okawa