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Birth

26 March 1878Kagoshima, Japan

Death

16 June 1992Miyazaki, Japan

Age

114

Waka Shirahama

Waka Shirahama was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Japan at the time of her death, aged 114 years, 82 days.

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Biography

Shirahama lived in the city of Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, and worked by selling vegetables from a bicycle cart. She married a man called Shutaro, with whom she bore nine children, and was widowed in 1939. Her secret of longevity was “hard work and moderation in eating”. Shirahama spent her later years eating a bowl of soft rice and a cup of sugared soybean soup both for breakfast and dinner, and a cup of honeyed milk and fruit for lunch. On her 113th birthday in 1991, Tatsuya Iwahashi, the mayor of her hometown, brought her a bouquet and 200,000 yen as a gift of congratulations from the city.

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Recognition

She is currently the oldest validated person ever from Miyazaki Prefecture.