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Hatsuno Goto
Hatsuno Goto
Hatsuno Goto at her 112th birthday.
Birth: 1 September 1903
Myoko, Niigata, Japan
Death: 15 May 2017
Tokyo, Japan
Age: 113 years, 256 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN
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Hatsuno Goto (後藤はつの) (née Wakui; 1 September 1903 – 15 May 2017) was a validated Japanese supercentenarian and oil painter.

Biography

Goto was born in Niigata Prefecture to a family that owned a hotel resort. She had seven other siblings, of which she was the oldest. At the age of 14, she relocated to the capital, Tokyo. On her 20th birthday, the Great Kanto earthquake struck the city, making her possibly the oldest known survivor of the natural disaster that took over 100,000 lives in total.

Goto was married once, and the couple had two children in total. At the age of 73, she decided to become an artist as a way to keep her mind active. She has displayed many of her paintings in exhibitions and won several accolades. When she was 111, she published a book about her life.

Shortly after her 112th birthday, Goto caught pneumonia but managed to fully recuperate from it as of November 2015. She died from another bout of pneumonia on 15 May 2017 at the age of 113 years, 256 days.

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