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Tame Yamaguchi

Validated By: On Date: Jun. 26th 2019

Tame Yamaguchi (Japanese: 山口タメ) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Miyazaki Prefecture for four years. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and recognized by LongeviQuest (LQ).


Yamaguchi was born in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture on 20 March 1907. Her former samurai family was well-known in her area and was described as “distinguished” by acquaintances.

Yamaguchi later married and had six children, two sons, and four daughters. She was a full-time housewife, while her husband worked in forestry. Her family reported that she always maintained a “dignified posture.”

Following the 1 April 2016 death of Minoe Kageyama, Yamaguchi, then aged 109, became the oldest resident of Miyazaki Prefecture.

Aged 111, Yamaguchi, along with her six children, had eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. She claimed that the secret to her longevity was, “I try to think only of the good and am grateful [for] every day.”

Yamaguchi’s daily routines aged 113 included reading books and newspapers. She had a loud and clear voice and was still mentally sharp.

Yamaguchi died in Hyuga, Miyazaki on 6 September 2020 at the age of 113 years, 170 days. She was succeeded as the prefecture’s oldest living person by Hide Hamabe (1908 – 2023).

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Yamaguchi’s age was verified by Oliver Thorpe and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), and was validated by the GRG on 26 June 2019.

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