Shigeru Hirose was a validated Japanese supercentenarian known as oldest living man in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Shigeru Hirose was born on 1 November 1903 in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo) in 1927. Then, he worked at a hospital in Oita Prefecture and contributed to the development of Japan’s first pediatric infusion.

In 1938, he moved to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, where he served as the head of the pediatric department at the Navy Mutual Aid Hospital.  He also worked as a physician to the Imperial Household Agency. He held these positions for 30 years.



At the age of 65, he became an independent private practitioner and continued to work until he was 90 years old. His wife Ayako passed away in 2000 at the age of 94, but during their lifetime, they were honored by the city as a married couple with a combined age of 188 years.

When asked by the city mayor about the secret to his longevity, he replied, “It’s important to take a nap and rest.”

Hirose passed away of natural causes at his home on 27 March 2014, at the age of 110 years, 146 days.

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