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.

Fusa Tatsumi, the world’s second-oldest living person and the oldest living person in Japan, passed away at the nursing home in Kashiwara City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, on the morning of December 12. At the time of her passing, she was 116 years, 231 days.

At the age of 115.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Mrs. Tatsumi was born in Yao City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 25 April 1907. At the age of 32, she got married. During her life, she worked in a family orchard (growing peaches, plums, and grapes) until her husband passed away when she was about 55 years old.

Mrs. Tatsumi became the oldest living person in Japan and Asia, following the passing of Mrs. Kane Tanaka on 19 April 2022. Following the passing of Lucile Randon of France on 17 February 2023, she became the second-oldest living person in the world, after María Branyas Morera.

The LongeviQuest team had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Tatsumi in April as she celebrated her remarkable 116th birthday. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Tatsumi during this difficult time.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Chiyo Yanagawa of Japan at age 112. She was born in Japan on 28 September 1911. Yanagawa spent her working years as a teacher of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and flower arrangements.

From 2018 to 2022, her status as the oldest resident of Yao City earned her special joint visits for Respect for the Aged Day. Representatives from the city, a local welfare organization, and her family gathered to celebrate and express their respect. These visits included official letters, gifts, and bouquets of flowers. During a 2019 visit, a city official remarked, “We talk about you often at our senior citizen meetings.” Yanagawa’s witty reply, “I should charge a fee for my appearances,” brought laughter to the room.

In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday. (Source: Yao City)
In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday.
(Source: Yao City)

At 107, Yanagawa attributed her long life to “eating, reading, and laughing a lot.” Reading newspapers and magazines remained a daily habit, and she reportedly started each day with a banana, cocoa powder, and porridge.

Living independently in her Yao City home with the aid of caregivers, Yanagawa now enjoys singing with her caregivers, listening to sumo, and singing contests on the radio by her bedside.

LongeviQuest congratulates Chiyo Yanagawa’s family on her recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Kotoe Nishikawa of Japan at age 110. She was born in Tamba-Sasayama, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan on 28 October 1913. Nishikawa had four older brothers. During her youth, she was known for her energetic spirit, which set her apart from other girls. At some point during her teenage years, she traveled to Tokyo to pursue a career as an assistant nurse.

At 24, Nishikawa got married and quit her job as a nurse to move to Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture. During the tough times of World War II, she had to rush to a nearby shelter to protect herself and her five children, from infants to seven years old, whenever the air raid siren sounded. Although they survived the war’s hardships, their home was destroyed in the Osaka Air Raid. After the war, Nishikawa and her family moved to Sakai City, where she gave birth to her youngest child at the age of 36.

As Nishikawa’s children grew and grandchildren were born, her focus shifted to caring for her grandchildren. In her late 70s, she looked after around 15 grandchildren. Her family explained that her upbringing as a nurse’s assistant before marriage and her unwavering dedication had a profound impact on her, leading her to care for sick relatives as well. In her 80s, she fractured her right femur, necessitating the use of daycare services. At 90, she broke her left femur and moved into a nursing home. Despite having bolts placed in both femurs, she maintained her independence until she was nearly 100 years old. She was an avid reader of kanji, able to decipher even the most challenging ones that most people struggle with.

On 31 October 2022, following the death of 114-year-old Kimiko Ono, she became the oldest living person in Sakai City (although registered as a resident of the city, she was living in a special nursing home in Osaka City).

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

At the age of 110, she eats three full meals a day and is doing well. Her family praised her as “a person who is devoted to others.” Her mother lived to be around 95 years old, and her siblings lived to be over 80 years old. Five of her six children are still alive as of November 2023.

For more information, please view Kotoe Nishikawa’s Directory Profile here.