Guinness World Data: 107-year-old twins are world’s oldest

The sisters had been separated after elementary college and barely met till they turned 70, after they began making pilgrimages collectively.

TOKYO, Japan — Guinness World Data has licensed two Japanese sisters because the world’s oldest residing similar twins at 107, in an announcement Monday coinciding with Respect for the Aged Day, a nationwide vacation in Japan.

Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama had been born the third and fourth of 11 siblings on Shodoshima island in western Japan on Nov. 5, 1913.

They had been separated after elementary college, when Kodama was despatched to work as a maid in Oita on Japan’s southern important island of Kyushu. She later married there, whereas Sumiyama remained on the island the place they grew up and had her circle of relatives.

The sisters later recalled their troublesome youthful days. Rising up, they stated they had been bullied due to prejudice towards kids of a number of births in Japan.

Busy with their very own lives for many years, the sisters hardly ever met till they turned 70, after they began making pilgrimages collectively to a few of the 88 Shikoku temples and loved being reconnected.

Sumiyama and Kodama had been 107 years and 300 days outdated as of Sept 1, breaking the earlier document set by well-known Japanese sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie at 107 years and 175 days, Guinness World Data Ltd. stated in a press release.

Their households instructed Guinness that the sisters usually joked about outliving the sooner document holders, affectionately often known as “Kin-san, Gin-san,” who attained idol-like standing within the late Nineties for each their age and humor.

About 29% of the inhabitants of 125 million in Japan, the world’s quickest ageing nation, are 65 years or older, based on the well being and welfare ministry. About 86,510 of them are centenarians — half of whom turned 100 this 12 months.

As a result of anti-coronavirus measures, the certificates for his or her document had been mailed to the separate nursing houses the place they now stay, and Sumiyama accepted hers with tears of happiness, based on Guinness.