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Jokichi Ikarashi
Ikarashi
Birth: 26 January 1902
Niigata, Japan
Death: 23 July 2013
Sanjo City, Niigata, Japan
Age: 111 years, 178 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN
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Jokichi Ikarashi (26 January 1902 – 23 July 2013) was a verified Japanese supercentenarian. He was thought to have been the world's oldest living man after the death of James McCoubrey, but the verification of Salustiano Sanchez a couple of days after Ikarashi's death meant that neither him nor McCoubrey were ever the world's oldest man. He was, however, the oldest man in Japan from the death of Jiroemon Kimura until his own death on 23 July 2013, aged 111 years, 178 days. After his death, Sakari Momoi became the oldest man in Japan.

Biography

Before his retirement, Ikarashi used to work as a farmer. When he was younger, he often stated that he wanted to become a centenarian, and on his 110th birthday, he joked that he "forgot to die". He had four children, eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He never suffered from any major injuries or illnesses, apart from a fall from a tree at age 91 which resulted in a broken left foot. Ikarashi ate 3 meals every day, enjoyed singing, and avoided alcohol and tobacco (which he credited for his longevity). In June 2013, he was reported to be spending most of his time in bed. At the time of his death, he lived at a nursing home in Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

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