LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Tetsuo Shinya of Japan at age 110. He was born in Kawanabe (now part of Minamikyūshū), Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on 27 March 1911. After completing higher education, he worked as a farmer, cultivating milk, tobacco, and rice.

At the age of 100. (Source: Minamikyūshū City Public Relations Magazine)
At the age of 100.
(Source: Minamikyūshū City Public Relations Magazine)

In 2011, Shinya marked a century of life with a joyful visit from his city mayor, complete with a blooming bouquet and celebratory gift money. Despite reaching 100, his vitality remained. He could still be seen expertly navigating his tractor across the farm, and until the age of 106, his hands continued to sow rice seeds in the fields. When asked about his remarkable longevity, Shinya humbly shared his wisdom: a life free of worry, a palate that embraced all flavors, regular short walks to keep the blood flowing, and a resolute avoidance of bedridden days. Shinya’s health and spirit earned him further recognition. In 2018 and 2019, the prefectural governor himself visited to celebrate him as Kagoshima Prefecture’s oldest living man on Respect for the Aged Day. On both occasions, he received heartfelt letters and gifts, and reports consistently described him as radiating good health.

LongeviQuest congratulates Tetsuo Shinya’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Mr. Shinya’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Sueko Katsu at 111 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the current oldest living person in Kagoshima Prefecture. 

Sueko Katsu was born on 26 March 1912 in Setouchi, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. 

In 1937, she was married to Seiko Katsu and had five children with him.

At the age of 25, with her parents, siblings, and a niece. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
At the age of 25, with her parents, siblings, and a niece.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

After World War II, she and her husband engaged into agricultural endeavors, Amami Islands Tofu shop, and a textile factory. The traditional sewing factory had three looms near their home where local housewives were engaged in sewing Oshima Tsumugi textiles while singing. 

At the age of 107, she fell and suffered a broken so she made a decision to move into a nursing home. 

She is currently residing in Setouchi, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. 

For more information, please visit Sueko Katsu’s Directory Profile here.