LongeviQuest is pleased to confirm that Tomiko Itooka recently becomes the second oldest living person in the world. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Hyōgo Prefecture and in all of Japan. 

Tomiko was born in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 23 May 1908 as the second eldest daughter among three siblings.

Tomiko Itooka's 115th Birthday (Source: chikusakai.jp)
Tomiko Itooka’s 115th Birthday (Source: chikusakai.jp)

She attended elementary school followed by girls’ school, where she was part of the volleyball club. After finishing school, she married at around 20 years old and had her first daughter at 21, eventually having two daughters and two sons. 

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings to Mrs. Tomiko and her family upon realizing this milestone in her life. 

For more information, please view Tomiko Itooka’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to confirm that Tomiko Itooka [Japanese: 糸岡富子] is now Japan’s oldest known living person following the death of  Fusa Tatsumi on 12 December 2023. Currently, Mrs. Itooka is the world’s third-oldest validated living person (behind María Branyas Morera, and Edie Ceccarelli), and the oldest known living person in Hyogo Prefecture.

Source: Courtesy of the family

Mrs. Itooka was born in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 23 May 1908 as the second (eldest) daughter of three siblings. In 1928, she got married to her husband, who ran a textile factory in South Korea. They had two daughters and two sons. During World War II, she took over the textile factory, protected a Japanese office, and raised her children by herself.

After her husband died in 1979, she lived alone in her husband’s hometown of Nara Prefecture for about 10 years. During that period, she frequently enjoyed climbing Mt. Nijo, which straddles Nara and Osaka prefectures. She also climbed Mt. Ontake (elevation 3000m), which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, twice. The guide was surprised when she climbed the mountain because she wore ordinary sneakers instead of hiking shoes.

When she was in her 80s, she also participated in the Osaka 33 Kannon Pilgrimage (33 temple pilgrimages) twice. At 100 years old, she climbed the long stone steps of Ashiya Shrine without a cane and worshiped. She often visited the Yakushiji Temple in Nara Prefecture and enjoyed writing sutras.

Itooka currently lives in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

For more information, please view Tomiko Itooka’s Directory Profile here.