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New Validation: Toshio Katayama of Japan (1911-2021)

Undated. (Source: Chugoku Shimbun) Undated. (Source: Chugoku Shimbun)

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Toshio Katayama of Japan at age 110. He was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan on 5 January 1911. Katayama married a nurse and raised children. He loved farming and even rode his motorbike for mountain work into his 80s. He enjoyed social activities and once amused his wife by staying too long as the senior citizens’ club leader.

After 90, Katayama moved to Hiroshima, forming a four-generation family with his daughter, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He took his great-grandchildren on walks, learned internet use at 90, and created New Year’s postcards featuring them. He patiently waited in line each year to buy these cards, even at 97. At 107, he moved to a nursing home, losing sight and hearing, but still hummed poetry and enjoyed holidays. He remained mentally sharp, recalling events well, and his daughter celebrated his “fulfilling life” and “flexibility to enjoy new environments.”

Undated. (Source: Chugoku Shimbun)
Undated.
(Source: Chugoku Shimbun)

Known for his gentle nature, Katayama led a life of quiet routine and independence. He woke early, kept a diary, and avoided complaining. He read the newspaper and maintained a daily diary until he lost his sight. Following the Japanese saying “Eat until 80% full,” he practiced mindful eating. In his earlier years, he reportedly consumed one glass of sake per day, but he voluntarily ceased this habit in old age.

On 22 August 2019, following the passing of 109-year-old Shinichi Okada, he became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Toshio Katayama passed away in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on 19 May 2021, at the age of 110 years, 134 days. Upon his passing, Shigeru Nakamura succeeded him as the oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture.

LongeviQuest congratulates Toshio Katayama’s family on his posthumous recognition.

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

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