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BIOGRAPHY

Ai Maeda was born in Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, on 27 March 1912. In her youth, she moved to Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, where she began studying Japanese dance. She became a Natori (master) around the age of 20, and by the age of 80, she was teaching Japanese dance to her students.

At the age of 80, she returned to Aomori City and began attending a day care center in the city, eventually becoming a resident in 1998. Her niece attributes her longevity to her dedication to maintaining a healthy body through her love for Japanese dance and playing the shamisen, which engages every muscle in her body. She further describes Maeda as “a woman of integrity who never complains.”

As of September 2023, it was reported that was spending two days sleeping and one day awake. During her waking hours, she engaged in physical rehabilitation exercises. She is affectionately known as “Ai-chan” by the nursing home staff.

RECOGNITION

On 14 April 2021, following the passing of 109-year-old Suekichi Ogasawara of Aomori City, she became the oldest living person in Aomori Prefecture.

Her age was verified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), as well as Yu Li and Yumi Yamamoto, and validated by LongeviQuest on 13 March 2024.

ATTRIBUTION

* RAB Aomori Broadcasting, 14 September 2021

* “青森に111歳の“アイちゃん”(県内最高齢)” – ATV Aomori Television Broadcasting, 15 September 2023

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