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Katsuko Tago, Tokyo’s Oldest Person, Dies at 113

In April 2023, aged 113. (Source: Courtesy of the family) In April 2023, aged 113. (Source: Courtesy of the family)

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Katsuko Tago. She was born in Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 28 March 1910 and passed away in Higashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan on 1 December 2023 at 113 years, 248 days. At the time of her death, Tago was the oldest living person in Tokyo, Japan.

In January 2022, aged 111. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
In January 2022, aged 111.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Katsuko Tago assisted her father in running a kimono shop for several years before relocating to Tokyo. In Tokyo, she got married, and the couple had seven children. Tago played the role of a supportive housewife while her husband pursued a career as a bank branch manager.

Tago maintained an active lifestyle for over 90 years. She participated in a monthly doll-making class in her hometown. She continued expressing her creativity through crafting dolls and carving wood until the age of 103. Unfortunately, a femur fracture required her to undergo surgery. She persevered and regained her ability to walk through rehabilitation. However, two years later, another fracture led her to receive care in a nursing home.

Tago believed that her favorite strawberry-flavored chocolate was the secret to her longevity, and she ate it every day.
Her family and nursing home staff said that she lived her life with her ideas and opinions and always made all her daily decisions on her own. Until she was about 110 years old, she called her family every day to update them on what was happening at her nursing home.

Mrs. Tago’s sad news was directly confirmed through her family.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Katsuko Tago.

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