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Yukiko Honda

Yumi Yamamoto
Validated By: Yumi Yamamoto On Date: Dec. 19th 2023

Yukiko Honda (Japanese: 本田幸子) is a Japanese supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.

Biography

Yukiko Honda was born in the Tamana District of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, on 15 March 1913. Her ancestors belonged to samurai families that governed the region and were affluent landowners with extensive land holdings. She was a member of the high school basketball team, but she faced physical weakness from childhood and overcame many illnesses that persisted until old age. Following her graduation from Kumamoto Prefectural Second High School, she enrolled in Meiji University’s Women’s Faculty. During her time in college, she focused on the study of law and successfully obtained a clerk’s license.

Around the age of 25, she married a man employed in the railroad industry, who was six years her senior. At the time, her husband was an amateur baseball player in the Kansai region and was well-known locally. The couple had four children, and there was a period when the family lived in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, and Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, due to her husband’s job transfer.

Honda enjoyed writing tanka as a hobby after her children had grown up. She once applied for and was selected to contribute to Kadokawa Gakugei Bunko’s magazine. Her eldest son credits modern medicine for enabling her to lead a long life despite her inherently frail constitution. After her husband passed away, she lived independently from the age of 74 to 90, maintaining a routine centered around her love for reading. According to her eldest son, her sister lived to the age of 102. She currently resides in a nursing home in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture.

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Recognition

Her age was verified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), as well as Yumi Yamamoto, Jack Steer, and Ichirō Honda, and validated by LongeviQuest on 19 December 2023.

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Attribution

(All the information regarding Yukiko Honda’s biography was gathered through interviews conducted by LongeviQuest with her eldest son, Mr. Ichirō Honda.)

* Okayama City Press Release, October 2022