LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Motoi Fukunishi (Japanese: 福西基) of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. He was born in Soudou (present-day Shimotsuma), Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan on 25 March 1910 and passed away in Shimotsuma on 22 August 2020 at the age of 110 years old.
Mr. Fukunishi was a teacher by profession for 39 years in total, serving as both an elementary and middle school principal for some time. After retiring, he took over as director of Shimotsuma Shoutomo Kindergarten in Shomutsuma City and remained the principal until the age of 105. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays alongside Rosette in 1988. He was later reported to be the oldest living recipient of the honor in Japan.
On 27 March 2020, two days after turning 110, he became the oldest living man in Ibaraki Prefecture, following the death of 110-year-old Takeshi Hanawa of Hitachiomiya. On 11 August 2020, following the death of 110-year-old Shōjirō Shirai of Shiga Prefecture, he became the oldest living man in Japan until his own passing on 22 August 2020. He was then succeeded by Mikizō Ueda.
Mr. Fukunishi’s age was also verified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW).
LongeviQuest congratulates his family on his posthumous recognition.
For more information, please view Mr. Fukunishi’s Directory Profile here.