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Tomoji Tanabe
Tomoji Tanabe
Birth: 18 September 1895
Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan
Death: 19 June 2009
Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan
Age: 113 years, 274 days
Country: JapanJPN
Validated

Tomoji Tanabe [Japanese: 田鍋 友時] (18 September 1895 – 19 June 2009) was a validated Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living man following the death of 115-year old Emiliano Mercado del Toro, until his own death two years later. He is currently the oldest validated man ever from Miyazaki Prefecture and the third-oldest validated Japanese man ever, behind Jiroemon Kimura and Yukichi Chuganji.

Despite being the youngest man to hold the title of world's oldest since John Painter (over 7 years before) at the age of 111 years, 128 days, he kept the title for over two years and managed to enter the top 100 oldest people ever.[1]

Biography

Tomoji Tanabe was born in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan on 18 September 1895. He began his career working as a land surveyor and civil engineer at the local city hall, and later worked in the agricultural and livestock industry starting in his 40s. He married his wife, Sugi, and the couple had five sons, and three daughters - all eight of his children were still alive at the time of his death. Sugi died in 1989 at the age of 93.

Tanabe maintained a careful, alcohol-free diet, and until near his death took long walks by himself every day. At the time of his 113th birthday in 2008, he was still remarkable shape, capable of walking unaided. He did manage to rank among the 100 oldest persons and the 10 oldest men ever documented. He is still in the Top 12 of the oldest verified man ever.

Tomoji Tanabe died in Miyakonojo from heart disease[2] on 19 June 2009, at the age of 113 years, 274 days. Following his death, Henry Allingham became the world's oldest living man.

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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 • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeBob WeightonEmilio Flores MarquezSaturnino de la Fuente GarciaJuan Vicente Perez Mora


Japan's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Shozaburo Oda • Tokusaburo Hatsukade • Unknown • Ikumatsu Matsuura • Masakichi Kai • Goro Usuyama • Shizuo Jinjiang • Kokuzo Iwate • Eisaku Takada • Hisaharu Arai • Chojiro Goto • Yozotaro Yoshikawa • Masutaro Sato • Takataro Hiragushi • Mataichi Ono • Shotaro Tanaka • Rinzo Shimizu • Koji Onishi • Inasaku Abe • Mokotaru Osada • Eiju Tsuru • Kiichi Fujiwara • Nisaburo Matsuyama • Shimetaro Hara • Gihei Oka • Gengan Tonaki • Denzo Ishizaki • Sadayoshi Tanabe • Yukichi Chuganji • Kameni Nakamura • Minsho Ozawa • Totaro Murakami • Kohachi Shigetaka • Nijiro Tokuda • Tomoji Tanabe • Jiroemon Kimura • Jokichi Ikarashi • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Masamitsu Yoshida • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeIssaku TomoeShojiro ShiraiMotoi FukunishiMikizo Ueda

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