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Kahoru Furuya

Kahoru Furuya [Japanese: 古屋かほる] is a Japanese supercentenarian whose age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Kahoru Furuya was born in Japan on 18 February 1908. She had four children (three daughters and one son).

She enjoyed growing vegetables in the fields over the age of 100, and she moved into the Nursing Home at the age of 108.

Having been asked about the secret to her longevity for a public relations magazine in Izunokuni, she replied: “Eat breakfast every morning, eat fruit and yogurt every day, and do gymnastics.”

Furuya suffered from heart disease in 2011 when she was 103 and underwent surgery to implant her pacemaker. She then underwent her first battery replacement surgery in 2015 and a second battery replacement surgery in March 2021 at the age of 113.

She was reported as the oldest living person in Shizuoka Prefecture, following the death of Hatsue Tachikawa on 22 December 2019. As of 2021, she often sat in a wheelchair, but she could still stand and walk a little.

In February 2022, around her 114th birthday, Furuya tested positive for COVID-19, but was later able to recover, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.



Kahoru Furuya died from natural causes in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka, Japan on 25 December 2022 at the age of 114 years, 310 days.

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On 2 February 2022, she became the oldest person to ever reside in Shizuoka, Japan, surpassing Yasu Akino’s age of 113 years, 348 days.

At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest validated living person in Japan (after Fusa Tatsumi), and the sixth-oldest living person in the world whose age is validated by the GRG (after Lucile Randon, Maria Branyas Morera, Tatsumi, Bessie Hendricks, and Edie Ceccarelli).

Furuya’s age was verified by Kengo Hirai, Yu Li, Yumi Yamamoto, and MHLW, Japan, and validated by the GRG on 20 December 2021.