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Ei Nakano

Ryohei Asano
Validated By: Ryohei Asano On Date: Sep. 19th 2023

Ei Nakano (Japanese: 中野エイ) was a Japanese supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest. At the time of death, she was the oldest living person in Wakayama Prefecture.


Ei Nakano was born in Kishigawa (now part of Kinokawa), Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, on 25 March 1912. She was the fifth of nine siblings, and the third daughter.

Nakano never married nor had children. She ran a tobacco and general retail store until she reached the age of 80. Her lifelong hobby was composing songs, a passion she had pursued since her youth. In her songs, she captured the emotions of joy, gratitude, and the everyday moments of her life. In July 2011, she published her work in a 48-page songbook titled “Nameless Flowers,” through a publishing company owned by her nephew.

Nakano passed away in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, on 9 June 2022, at the age of 110 years, 76 days.

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Following the death of 111-year-old Fumiko Fukui of Wakayama City on 29 March 2021, she became the oldest living person in Wakayama Prefecture.

Following her death, Mineyo Miyai became the oldest living person in Wakayama Prefecture.

Her age was verified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), as well as Ryohei Asano and Yumi Yamamoto, and validated by LongeviQuest on 19 September 2023.

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* “県内最高齢!109歳の中野ヱイさん” – Kinokawa City Public Relations Magazine, May 2021 issue

* Wakayama Prefecture Press Release, 1 September 2021

* “県内最高齢の110歳の女性が死亡” – TV-Wakayama, 12 June 2022

* “110歳天寿をまっとう 県内最高齢中野さん” – Wakayama Shimpo, 26 June 2022