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Take Hayasaka

Validated By: On Date: Jan. 01st 2000

Take Hayasaka [Japanese: 早坂たけ] was a Japanese supercentenarian whose age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Take Hayasaka was born in Shiroishi City (former Shiroishi Town) in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on July 1, 1885 (Meiji 18). In 1918 she got married to her husband, Tarizou. The couple were married until his death in 1941.

Following the death of 107-year-old Matsu Shimanuki on 10 December 1991, she became the oldest living person in Miyagi Prefecture. When the governor of the prefecture visited her in 1996, she had her favorite beer poured by the governor. By the time she was 111, all her teeth had fallen out, but she used her gums to chew and eat things like boiled vegetables. The secret to her longevity was the health tea she drank, which was made from dried chameleon plant and rose hips.

She lived in her home until June 10, 1998, when her chronic cerebral thrombosis recurred and she was rushed to the hospital. Although she remained unconscious, she died on July 23, 1998 at 1:22 am of a cerebral thrombosis.

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On her 110th birthday in 1995, she was visited by the prefectural governor and mayor and presented her with gifts. In September 1997, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced that Hayasaka was the fifth oldest person in Japan. On Respect for the Aged Day, she cheerfully welcomed the mayor of Shiroishi City in a wheelchair pushed by her son.