• Kyodo News


Takahama, Aichi Prefecture, said Wednesday it has discovered that a residence registry has been retained for a woman who was born in 1867, which would make her 142 years old.

The news came after the Higashi Osaka Municipal Government in Osaka Prefecture reported Tuesday that residence registries had been retained for 228 people who would be at least 120 years old, including one would be 149.

In Tokyo, meanwhile, the Adachi Ward office plans to widen the scope of its probe to confirm the whereabouts of its residents aged 90 and above from the current 100 years and older as early as Sept. 13, it said Wednesday.

The probe will cover some 1,270 people who would be 90 to 98 years old as of next March 31 and who have not received nursing care services, it said. The ward already concluded a search for people who would be 99 years old.

In July, what appeared to be the mummified remains of Sogen Kato — whose residence registry listed him as 111 years old — were found at his home in Adachi Ward, leading the local government to delete his residence registry.

He had been dead some 30 years, and relatives are now being probed for pension fraud.

The city of Hashima, Gifu Prefecture, said Wednesday it deleted the registry of a man whose family had been receiving his national pension benefits for 14 years even though he has been unaccounted for since 1994. He would be 99 years old if alive and ¥7 million in benefits has been paid to his family.

The family asked police to search for him but submitted annual reports on the man’s current living conditions to the Social Insurance Agency in order to receive his pension benefits.

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