Mitoyo Kawate
Mitoyo Kawate
Birth: 15 May 1889
Hiroshima, Japan
Death: 13 November 2003
Hiroshima, Japan
Age: 114 years, 182 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN

Mitoyo Kawate (15 May 1889 - 13 November 2003) was a Japanese supercentenarian who became the world's oldest living woman on 29 December 2002 with the death of Mae Harrington and the oldest living person upon the death of Yukichi Chuganji on 28 September 2003, and held the latter title until she died of pneumonia a little more than a month later on 13 November 2003. She was succeeded as oldest living person by Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan.

A resident of Hiroshima, she worked on a farm until injuring her hands at the age of 99. In 1945, two days after the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima, she entered Hiroshima city in order to look for acquaintances.[1][4] She was taken to a hospital shortly before her death from pneumonia.[1][2] Kawate lived to be 114 years and 182 days. Her 'oldest person' reign lasted only 46 days. Her death left Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan of Puerto Rico the oldest documented person in the world,[3] though this was not recognized by Guinness World Records until 2004 (Charlotte Benkner of the U.S. had been given the title in the interim).

World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerRosalia SpotoChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet Brown

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