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Yukichi Chuganji

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Yukichi Chuganji
Native name中願寺 雄吉
Born23 March 1889
Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan
💀Died28 September 2003
(aged 114 years, 189 days)
Ogori, Fukuoka, Japan28 September 2003
(aged 114 years, 189 days)
Cause of deathNatural causes[1]
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
👶 Children5

Yukichi Chuganji (中願寺 雄吉, Chūganji Yūkichi, 23 March 1889 – 28 September 2003)[1] was a Japanese supercentenarian and the world's oldest man (and later the world's oldest person) until his death at age 114 years, 189 days.[1][2] Chuganji was not recognized as the world's oldest person during his lifetime; back then, the case of Kamato Hongo was still recognized and considered valid by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and Guinness World Records, who both withdrew their previous acceptance of Hongo's case in 2012.[3]

A former breeder of silkworms,[4] he lived in the city of Ogori, Fukuoka, with his 74-year-old daughter Kyoko, the only one of his five children to survive him.[1][2] He ate meat as a preference to vegetables, and quoted optimism as the reason for his long life.[5]

He died as the verified oldest Asian man ever,[6] breaking the record of 112 years, 191 days by nearly 2 years set by Denzo Ishizaki, and continued to hold the record for a little more than ten years, until being surpassed by Jiroemon Kimura on 26 October 2011. After his death, Japanese woman Mitoyo Kawate became the oldest living person, and Spaniard Joan Riudavets the oldest living man.[7]

See also[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "''World's oldest man dies aged 114'', BBC News, 29 September 2003. Retrieved 12 December 2010". BBC News. 2003-09-29. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Yukichi Chuganji, 114; World's Oldest Man Since '02". Los Angeles Times. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  3. "Table C - World's Oldest Person (WOP) Titleholders Since 1955". grg.org. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. "World's Oldest Man Dies In Japan". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. Withington, John (2017). Secrets of the Centenarians: What is it Like to Live for a Century and Which of Us Will Survive to Find Out?. Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781780238838. Retrieved 23 September 2018. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "World's oldest man dies at 114". The Japan Times Online. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. Maier, Heiner; Gampe, Jutta; Jeune, Bernard; Vaupel, James W.; Robine, Jean-Marie (2010). Supercentenarians. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783642115202. Retrieved 23 September 2018. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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