• Kyodo


The Guinness Book of Records has listed Mitoyo Kawate, 114, of Hiroshima as the world’s oldest person.

Born in Hiroshima Prefecture on May 15, 1889, Kawate became the world’s oldest person after Kamato Hongo of Kagoshima died last week at age 116.

Kawate is trailed by 113-year-old Joan Riudavets Moll, the world’s oldest man, who lives in Spain.

Kawate was born “just 25 days after Adolf Hitler and in the same year that the Eiffel Tower was completed,” Guinness said on its Web site.

Kawate now resides in a special nursing home in Hiroshima.

Hongo, the previous record holder, died of pneumonia Oct. 31 at a municipal hospital in Kagoshima. She succumbed to heart and kidney problems resulting from pneumonia.

Hongo was born Sept. 16, 1887, according to her official register. That was the year Queen Victoria became empress of India, the French-Indochina union was formed and Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh painted his famous self-portrait.

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