Yukichi Chuganji
Yukichi Chuganji
Birth: 23 March 1889
Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan
Death: 28 September 2003
Ogori, Fukuoka, Japan
Age: 114 years, 189 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN

Yukichi Chuganji [中願寺 雄吉] (23 March 1889 – 28 September 2003) was a Japanese supercentenarian, who was the world's oldest living person from December 29, 2002 to his death, upon which time the title passed to Mitoyo Kawate. He became the oldest living man after the death of the 112 years old Antonio Todde on January 3, 2002, coincidentally the same day on which he beame Japan's oldest living person after the death of Matsuno Oikawa. He died at the age of 114 years, 189 days as the third man to reach the age of 114 and the oldest Japanese man ever. He held the record of the oldest Japanese man ever for a little more than 10 years, after which his record was broken by Jiroemon Kimura. He is currently ranked the fifth oldest man in history, and was the first Japanese man to indisputedly reach ages 113 and 114.


Early Life

Chuganji was born on 23 March 1889, in Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan. He graduated from a technical school in the early 1900's and worked as a silkworm breeder, instructor in the agricultural specialty, as a bank employee, and community welfare officer.

Later Life and Death

For the last 3 to 4 years, Chuganji was bedridden. He didn't like to eat vegetables, but liked to eat beef and pork. He only consumed alcohol in moderate amounts and drank milk. He had failing eye sight. He died on 28 September 2003 after being served apple juice. He was survived by 1 of his 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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

World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal

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