Monday, 25th February 2008
In General Japan News,
Japan's oldest person passes away
Japan's oldest person has died at the age of 113.
According to reports by the Japan Times, Tsuneyo Toyonaga died on February 23rd at a hospital in Kochi Prefecture.
Ms Toyonaga was born on May 21st 1894.
"She was dozing off most of the day recently but when she was awake she used to enjoy singing children's songs," said Masuko Yamamoto, deputy director of the prefecture's Yumenosato nursing home, where Ms Toyonaga was resident.
As a consequence of her death, Japan's health ministry has verified that the oldest person in the country is now Kaku Yamanaka, who is also 113 years old.
Ms Yamanaka, who currently lives in Yatomi, was born on December 11th 1894 in Aichi Prefecture.
Although Japan's population is aging rapidly as a consequence of declining rates of birth, life expectancy remains one of the highest in the world.
According to data from the World Factbook, in 2006 life expectancy in Japan was set at 81.25 years of age.