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Miki Imamura

Stefan Maglov
Validated By: Stefan Maglov On Date: Jun. 29th 2023

Miki Imamura (Japanese: 今村ミキ) was a Japanese supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.

Biography

Miki Imamura was born in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, on 4 March 1904. Her family owned a long-established restaurant. She graduated from Oe Girls’ High School (present-day Kumamoto Face Gakuin High School). At the age of 20, she married Daiki Imamura, whom she met at a Protestant church in Minamata.

After marriage, the couple ran a haberdashery, selling daily necessities. However, her husband wanted to make use of her culinary talents, and the couple founded a Japanese confectionery shop when Miki was 29 years old. She trained under Japanese confectioner for three days, and continued her research on making red bean paste on her own, later succeeding in commercializing yōkan. Her product was a big hit, and the yōkan she made quickly became popular in the area.

Around 1970s, she developed a new product with her second son, and began selling it under the name “Miki Monaka” (she included her first name in the product’s name). The product remains a well-known confection loved in the city of Minamata.

At the age of 99, a part of her daily routine was waking up at 6 AM and reading Bible verses. She was a Christian, and her favorite saying was “faith is devotion.” She claimed the secret to her longevity was “to live faithfully according to the Scriptures” and to drink red wine in the evening.

Miki Imamura passed away in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, on 6 November 2015, at the age of 111.

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Recognition

At the time of death, she was among the oldest living people in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Her age was verified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), as well as Stefan Maglov and Yumi Yamamoto, and validated by LongeviQuest on 29 June 2023.

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Attribution

* “元気の源 人への愛 今村ミキさん・石井こえんさん 敬老の日/熊本” – Asahi Shimbun, 15 September 2003

* “熊本県/美貴もなか」の看板ミキばあちゃん 100歳祝い褒状贈る 水俣市” – Nishinihon Shimbun, 5 March 2003

* “理想の味を求めて「美貴もなか」今村ミキさん=熊本” – Yomiuri Shimbun, 16 May 2004

* “9/17水俣名物「美貴もなか」のミキさん 市内最高齢女性・今村ミキさん” – 広報みなまた, October 2014

* “美貴もなか生みの親 今村ミキさん 11月6日死去 111歳 -追想メモリアル-” – Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun, 30 November 2015