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.

The LongeviQuest team visited Fusa Tatsumi-san on her 116th birthday on April 25, 2023. We met her and her family at her nursing home Hakutou in Kashiwara City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

The CEO and director of LongeviQuest; Mr. Ben Meyers, Commissioner and President of LQ Japan; Mrs. Yumi Yamamoto, and the Commissioner and President of LQ América; Mr. Fabrizio Villatoro, and  Jack Steer visited Fusa Tatsumi-san on behalf of the organization. We had a pleasant visit with the mayor of the Kashiwara City; Mr. Masahiro Fuke, the nursing home staff, Tatsumi-san’s family members and Tatsumi-san herself. Fusa Tatsumi was very calm, but active at hearing about those who speaks to her.

Tatsumi’s relatives were very welcoming to the LongeviQuest team. We congratulated and celebrated her longevity by giving her flowers, a beautiful cake with decorations that represents the longevity in Japan, a plaque of her incredible longevity about being the oldest living person in Japan, and the birthday wishes of many fans and researchers who congratulated and sent to her.

LongeviQuest deeply thanks and appreciates the nursing home staff and Fusa Tatsumi’s family to give us permission to visit her, it was an honor to all of us.

We deeply appreciate and thank to our photographer Mrs. Akane Matsumoto for the beautiful photos.

Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, Japan – Fusa Tatsumi, Japan’s oldest living person, has reached the age of 116.  Mrs. Tatsumi became the oldest person in Japan in April 2022 following the death of Kane Tanaka (119 years old).  According to the LongeviQuest world ranking, Mrs. Tatsumi is currently the second oldest person in the world.  She is the seventh Japanese person to verifiably reach the age of 116, and only the 27th person in human history to do so.  Additionally, she is presently the 27th longest-lived person in human history.

Mrs. Tatsumi was honored today at her birthday party held at Hakuto, a special nursing home for the elderly.  LongeviQuest representatives including CEO Ben Meyers, LongeviQuest Japan President Yumi Yamamoto, and Global Validation Commissioner Fabrizio Villatoro attended the ceremony and presented Mrs. Tatsumi with a plaque honoring her status as Japan’s oldest living person, as well as a bouquet of flowers, a cake, and congratulations from over 75 well-wishers from 15 countries across the world.  The party was also attended by Japanese government officials, including the Mayor of Kashiwara, Mr. Masahiro Fuke, and representatives from the prefectural government.  According to her son, Kanji, Mrs. Tatsumi enjoyed the ceremony.

Mrs. Tatsumi was born in Yao City, Osaka Prefecture in 1907 (Meiji 40) as the second daughter of six children.  Before getting married, she obtained a diploma after studying flower arrangements and tea ceremony preparation.  At the age of 32, she married a farmer who grew peaches and grapes, and she worked in farming for 25 years.  Her love for gardening continued; until she entered a nursing home at the age of 106, she grew chrysanthemums at home as a hobby.  According to her eldest son, Kanji, Mrs. Tatsumi is a methodical and hard worker who has lived a regular life for many years.  He says that working in the orchard may have contributed to her longevity.

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