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Chiyo Miyako

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Chiyo Miyako
Native name都千代
Born(1901-05-02)2 May 1901
Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
💀Died(2018-07-22)22 July 2018
(aged 117 years, 81 days)
Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan(2018-07-22)22 July 2018
(aged 117 years, 81 days)
🏳️ NationalityJapanese
💼 Occupation
Oldest living person (from 21 April 2018 to 22 July 2018)[1]
👩 Spouse(s)Shoji Miyako[1]

Chiyo Miyako (都千代, Miyako Chiyo, 2 May 1901 – 22 July 2018)[2] was a Japanese supercentenarian who became the world's oldest verified living person following the death of Nabi Tajima on 21 April 2018.[1] She resided in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.[3]


Miyako was born in Wakayama in the Kansai region of Japan on 2 May 1901.[4] She credited eating eel, drinking red wine, and never smoking for her longevity.[3] Her husband, Shoji, was employed by the Japanese National Railways, and his career allowed them to travel extensively. [1]

Miyako's longevity record was confirmed following research and an evidence review, according to Guinness World Records and its Gerontology Research Group.[1] She died on 22 July 2018 in Yokohama, at the age of 117 years, 81 days.[5] After Miyako's death, Kane Tanaka, born 2 January 1903 and living in Fukuoka, Japan, became the world's oldest verified living person.[6]

See also[edit]

  • Oldest people
  • List of Japanese supercentenarians
  • List of the verified oldest people


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Oldest person title officially achieved by 117-year-old Chiyo Miyako before her death". Guinness World Records. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. "GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "アンチ・エイジング医学 アグレッシブに加齢に対抗する新たな予防医学. in: 日本抗加齢医学会雑誌" [Happy with delicious meals and wine] (PDF). Japan Anti-Aging Medical Magazine. Vol. 11 no. 4. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. Jolly, Bradley (26 July 2018). "World's oldest person Chiyo Miyako dies at 117 years old". Mirror. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  5. "Japan's oldest person Chiyo Miyako dies at 117". The Japan Times. Kyodo. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. Brennan, David (27 July 2018). "World's oldest person Chiyo Miyako dies at 117, passing title to Kane Tanaka". Newsweek. Retrieved 30 July 2018.

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