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Jirouemon Kimura, World's Oldest Person, Turns 116

April 19, 2013

Japan celebrated the birthday of the world's oldest living person, Jirouemon Kimura, who turned 116 on Friday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent Kimura a video message to congratulate him while Kyotango Mayor Yasushi Nakayama and an official from Guinness World Records visited his home, said Michiko Arata, a city employee.

Kimura, who lives in Kyotango city in Kyoto prefecture, was recently hospitalized, but he was discharged on April 9, Arata said.

Kimura was born on April 19, 1897 and became the oldest living person in the world in December. He has a good appetite, eating three meals a day, Arata said.

Kimura has five living children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Kimura worked at a local post office for 38 years. He turned to farming after his retirement and continued until the age of 90.







Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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