TOKYO — Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest dwelling similar twins, aged 107 years and 330 days, the group stated Monday.
The announcement coincided with Respect for the Aged Day, a nationwide vacation in Japan.
Sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama have been born on Shodoshima island in western Japan on Nov. 5, 1913, as the third and fourth of 11 siblings.
The sisters as of Sept. 1 broke the earlier report of 107 years and 175 days set by well-known Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie, Guinness World Records Ltd. stated in a press release.
About 29 p.c of the inhabitants of 125 million in Japan, the world’s quickest growing older nation, are 65 years or older, in line with the well being and welfare ministry. About 86,510 of them are centenarians — half of whom turned 100 this year.
Sumiyama and Kodama have been separated after ending elementary faculty, when Kodama was despatched to work as a maid in Oita on Japan’s southern fundamental island of Kyushu. She later married there, whereas Sumiyama remained on the island they grew up on and had her family.
The sisters later recalled their troublesome youthful days. Growing up, they stated they have been targets of bullying due to prejudice towards youngsters 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 among the 88 Shikoku temples and loved being reconnected.
Their households advised Guinness World Records that the sisters usually joked about outliving the sooner report holders, affectionately recognized as “Kin-san, Gin-san,” who attained idol-like standing within the late Nineties for each their age and humor.
Due to anti-coronavirus measures, the certificates for his or her new report have been mailed to the separate nursing houses the place they now stay and Sumiyama accepted hers with tears of happiness, in line with Guinness.