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BIOGRAPHY

Yoshi Kitamura was born in Japan on 1 June 1901.

In 2007, at the age of 106, Kitamura lived in a household of seven, including herself, her eldest son and his wife, her grandchild and their spouse, and her two great-grandchildren in Toyooka City, Hyōgo Prefecture. It was reported that she still ate the same meals as her family and handled most of her daily necessities independently during this time. She was said to be slightly hard of hearing but didn’t take any medication and was otherwise in good health. Kitamura moved into a nursing home for the elderly at some point between 2007 and 2010.

Kitamura had a well-structured daily routine. At the age of 109, she performed physical rehabilitation exercises at her nursing home every morning after breakfast. Although she lived in a wheelchair by this time, she could still walk short distances with assistance from the staff and could transition from her wheelchair to the sofa entirely unassisted. She wasn’t picky when it came to food and was said to eat anything.

Yoshi Kitamura passed away in Toyooka City, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, on 29 May 2013, at the age of 111 years, 362 days.

RECOGNITION

In September 2007, Kitamura was visited at her home by the city mayor and received congratulatory gifts, including a feather duvet, in celebration of Respect for the Aged Day. She was the oldest living person in Toyooka City at that time.

Kitamura was visited by the mayor on four more occasions between 2008 and 2011. She was awarded money and received several gifts to congratulate her on her longevity. During the 2010 visit, at the age of 109, the room erupted in laughter when she said to the mayor, “I won’t be here next year. If I’m around too long, people will start to be scared of me.”

On 15 February 2013, following the death of 113-year-old Terue Ashida, she became the oldest living person in Hyōgo Prefecture. Upon her passing, she was succeeded by Sugino Tamai.

ATTRIBUTION

* “長寿:106歳、北村さん「元気」豊岡市長が訪問/兵庫” – Mainichi Shimbun, 6 September 2007

* “豊岡市 107歳最高齢者訪問 日高の北村さん 市長の身体、逆に気遣い” – Kobe Shombun, 5 September 2008

* “豊岡市内最高齢の109歳、北村さん祝福 敬老の日前に中貝市長/兵庫” – Asahi Shimbum, 8 September 2010

* “県最高齢者:日高の北村さん、111歳で亡くなる” – Mainichi Shimbun, 31 May 2013

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