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Asa Takii
Asa Takii
Birth: 28 April 1884
Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan
Death: 31 July 1998
Kurahashi (now Kure), Hiroshima, Japan
Age: 114 years, 94 days
Country: JapanJPN
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Asa Takii [Japanese: 滝井アサ] (28 April 1884 – 31 July 1998) was a Japanese supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the oldest person in Japan from the death of Suekiku Miyanaga on 20 June 1998, until her own death six weeks later. She was also the second-oldest person in the world (after Sarah Knauss). She was also the oldest person ever from Hiroshima, until her longevity record was broken by Mitoyo Kawate in 2003.

Biography

Asa Takii was born in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 1884.

On 6 August 1945, at the age of 61, Takii survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima City. She said that she was washing clothes when she saw a huge flash. The blast killed her husband and family, and buried her in the rubble of her home until she was found days later.

Takii loved poetry and regularly wrote haiku, a traditional Japanese form of poetry, until giving up at the age of 106. Following the death of 109-year-old Tsuma Yasuda on 21 December 1992, she became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Asa Takii died of heart complications from high blood pressure in Kurahashi (on the island of Kurahashi; now in the city of Kure), Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan on 31 July 1998. She was aged 114 years, 94 days. After her death, Tase Matsunaga became the oldest living person in Japan.

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Japan's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue UtagawaSuekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Denzo Ishizaki • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi TajimaChiyo MiyakoKane TanakaFusa Tatsumi


Japan's Oldest Living Woman Titleholders (VE)

Sue Watanabe • Unknown • Tome Yoshida • Haru Komai • Ishi HayashiYoshigiku Ito • Tome Horigome • Haruno Shimada • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Isa Nakayama • Man Ichikawa • Koume Kabira • Matsu Yoshikuni • Koharu Kodaira • Oto Michii • Toka Miyata • Momu Okuma • Ine Tsugawa • Seki Takehara • Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue Utagawa • Suekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Koto Okubo • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi TajimaChiyo MiyakoKane TanakaFusa Tatsumi

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