World’s Oldest Person is Japanese

12 Sep

An American woman named Gertrude Baines was the oldest person in the world.
But, unfortunately, she died yesterday.
She was 115 years old.

The late Gertrude Baines (1894 Apr 6 - 2009 Sep 11), RIP

The late Gertrude Baines (1894 Apr 6 - 2009 Sep 11), RIP

(I wrote a post in which I mention Ms. Baines (and I also mention the world’s oldest man in the post)…click here to read it).

Gertrude Baines was born on 1894 April 6 and lived until 2009 September 11. One hundred fifteen years and 158 days.
She held the world record of oldest living person from 2009 January 2 until she died.

On her last birthday, she was asked what her secret of longevity was and she credited eating bacon, fried chicken and ice cream!

Now, since yesterday, the world’s oldest person is a Japanese woman named 知念カマ (Kama Chinen).
She was born on 1895 May 10. So, as of today, she is 114 years and 125 days old.

The world's oldest person, as of 2009 Sep 11...Kama Chinen of Japan.

The world's oldest person, as of 2009 Sep 11...Kama Chinen of Japan.

It’s a coincidence that the world’s oldest person would go to a Japanese person in September, as September 21st is the Japanese holiday 「敬老の日」 (“Respect For The Aged Day“).
(Click here to read my short FAQ about it).

13 Responses to “World’s Oldest Person is Japanese”

  1. tokyo5 May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    If Kama Chinen were still alive, today would be her 118th birthday!

    But she died days before her 115th birthday.
    (Click here to read a post that I wrote about it.)


  2. Robert October 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    Actually the U.S. has the most centenarians, with over 96,000.


    • tokyo5 October 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

      Yes, America has the most people over the age of 100 (aprox. 96,000 people)
      and Japan has the second most number of people over the age of 100 (aprox 40,000 people).

      But the proportion of centenarians to the general population of each country are about equal.

      America has about 2.4 times the population of Japan…and about 2.4 times the number of centenarians of those in Japan.


  3. mike September 19, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    Amazing to live that long. She looks very good also.


    • tokyo5 September 19, 2009 at 1:31 am #

      Yes, both ladies look healthy in the photos.


  4. cuteandcurls September 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    Well I agree with that fact too ^_^ how about tofu ?


    • tokyo5 September 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

      Yes, Tofu is good for you.
      And delicious…especially when it’s very fresh!

      Do you like Nattou?


      • cuteandcurls September 14, 2009 at 8:20 am #

        Ive tried Nattou before but it was served either on top of the sushi or in the miso soup. I kind of like the taste of it actually ..maybe I’ll go to the Japanese food section at the Supermarket tomorrow and look for it. What does it go nicely with ?


      • tokyo5 September 14, 2009 at 9:52 am #

        It can be eaten many ways…my personal favorite is Natto on rice with Kimuchi on top of it all.


  5. bartman905 September 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    And Japan has the most number of people who are over 100 with over 40,000 … see


    • tokyo5 September 13, 2009 at 12:31 am #

      Must be Japan’s healthy diet!


      • bk201 September 13, 2009 at 9:18 am #

        Consisting for raw fish 🙂


      • tokyo5 September 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

        …and Nattou! 😉


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