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World Oldest People - Tenth Spot - Kamato Hongo

Kamato Hongo (Japanese: Hongo Kamato, September 16, 1887 - October 31, 2003) was the world's oldest recognized living person from March 2002 until her death. She resided in Kagoshima, on Japan's most southerly major island Kyushu. Unfortunally she celebrated 116th birthday the month before she died from pneumonia.


Kamato Hongo was born on the small island of Tokunoshima, home of Shigechiyo Izumi. Kamato Hongo later moved to Kagoshima on Kyushu, which she lived with her daughter. The apparent oldest person in Japan after the death of Denzo Ishisaki in 1999, she attained a measure of celebrity and was the focus of some merchandise (washcloths, keyrings, phone cards, etc.) sold highlighting her longevity.

She also appeared on Japanese television many times as the worlds oldest living person. Kyushu has been the home of other supercentenarians, including recent world's-oldest-man Yukichi Chuganji, who died one month before her. Aged 116 years and 45 days at her death, Kamato Hongo was the last remaining documented person born before 1889. In January 2007, another Kyushu islander, Yone Minagawa, attained theworld's oldest person title, and Kyushu resident Tomoji Tanabe took the men's title, once again making Kyushu the 'island of longevity.'

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