|Hatsuno Goto (後藤はつの)|
Hatsuno Goto at her 112th birthday.
Hatsuno Goto (後藤はつの) (née Wakui; born 1 September 1903) is a verified Japanese supercentenarian. She 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 Kantō earthquake struck the city, making her the possibly oldest living known survivor of the natural disaster that took over 100,000 lives in total.
She was married once to a Mr. Goto, and the couple had two children in total. At age 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. At age 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.
- The Asahi Shimbun 28 March 2015