Chiyono Hasegawa

Japanese supercentenarian
In this Japanese name, the family name is Hasegawa.

Chiyono Hasegawa (長谷川 チヨノ, Hasegawa Chiyono, 20 November 1896 – 2 December 2011) was a Japanese supercentenarian[1] and at the time of her death the oldest living Japanese person for over one and a half year after (nowadays disputed) Kame Chinen's death on 2 May 2010, just eight days before her claimed 115th birthday, and the second-oldest living person in the world behind American woman Besse Cooper.[2][3]

Chiyono Hasegawa
Born20 November 1896
Died2 December 2011
(aged 115 years, 12 days)

Cooper and Hasegawa were, after the death of Italianwoman Venere Pizzinato who was just three days younger than Hasegawa and died 4 months before Hasegawa, the last two living people born in 1896.

Hasegawa was visited by Governor Furukawa of Saga Prefecture at her nursing home on Senior Citizen's Day in September 2008.[4]

Hasegawa died of natural causes at 8.28am on 2 December 2011, just 12 days after celebrating her 115th birthday, and was succeeded as the oldest living Japanese person by Jiroemon Kimura, and as the oldest living Japanese woman by Koto Okubo. Hasegawa, Kimura and Okubo were the first three Japanese persons who became 115 years old after 116-year-old Tane Ikai's death in July 1995.


  1. "Japan's oldest person dies at 115," Mainichi Shimbun (Japan). December 3, 2011; retrieved 2011-12-27; archived here
  2. "Japan’s oldest person, 115-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, dies," Globe and Mail (Canada). December 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-27.[dead link]
  3. According to the Guiness Book of Records here, when Hasegawa died, the oldest person then known was Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia, in the United States.
  4. 最高齢111歳の長谷川さんを知事が訪問 ("Governor's visit to the oldest 111-year-old Hasegawa"), Archived 2017-09-04 at the Wayback Machine Saga Shimbun (Japan). September 11, 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-27.

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