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New Validation: Hanako Ishii of Japan (1913-Present)

In March 2023, aged 109. (Source: Courtesy of the hospital) In March 2023, aged 109. (Source: Courtesy of the hospital)

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Hanako Ishii of Japan at age 110. She was born in Emi Village, Awa District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on 7 May 1913. Ishii was the middle child of three. Her family ran a tofu shop. After graduating from high school, she got a job at a general company and worked there until she got married.

Ishii married at the age of 39 and had her son the following year. Her husband passed away a year later, leaving her to raise her young son as a single mother. She moved back in with her parents and utilized her dressmaking skills to start a dressmaking class for young girls in the neighborhood. After that, she dedicated herself to household duties and childcare. She continued to take daily walks to maintain her health well into her 70s.

Ishii (right) in 1981, aged 68. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
Ishii (right) in 1981, aged 68.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

At the age of 100, Ishii moved into a nursing home. Despite losing most of her eyesight due to cataracts and glaucoma at the age of 100, Ishii remained remarkably independent, able to eat, walk, and care for herself with the support of her family. She loved the lively atmosphere of her home, where she spent her days surrounded by her smiling relatives. She was an easygoing eater, enjoying everything her niece prepared, with a particular fondness for mackerel eggs and pumpkin. Her family credited her longevity to her calm and peaceful nature.

In September 2021, Ishii was reported as the oldest living woman in the Awa region. Ishii currently resides in a hospital in Isumi City, where she has been living since she was 105 years old.

For more information, please view Hanako Ishii’s Directory Profile here.

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