Kikutarō Maruhata was a validated Japanese supercentenarian who was the second-oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Kikutarō Maruhata was born on 20 December 1901 in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Before the Second World War, he worked in an agency associated with the Ministry of Communications and Telecommunications in Tokyo. He was drafted into the military in March 1945, just before the end of the war. However, his health deteriorated just before he was to go to war so he was spared from enlistment.

Aged 100/1. (Source: Public relations for Minami Ward)

Aged 100/1.
(Source: Public relations for Minami Ward)

Around 1982, he began commuting from his home on his bicycle with a hoe, plowing wasteland and planting hollyhocks. This is to decorate the landscape along the former Japanese National Railways Ujina Line in the Ujina district. This tree-planting activity was based on his wish for foreign tourists heading into the city from Ujina Port to feel comfortable walking along the road.

Mr. Maruhata passed away on 4 October 2012 in Minami Ward in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. At the time of his death, he was known as the second-oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture and the fourth-oldest living man in the country.

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