|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1865, Japan|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1986, Japan|
June 29, 1865? – February 21, 1986
Shigechiyo Izumi was a Japanese centenarian and, according to Guinness World Records, became the oldest living person after the death of Niwa Kawamoto, also from Japan. If his claimed birthdate is correct, he died aged 120 years and 237 days, older than any other recognized man, and would be the second-longest verified lived human ever, surpassed only by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment. His name was recorded in Japan's first census of 1871.
Izumi's wife died at the age of 90. He drank brown sugar shôchû (a Japanese alcoholic beverage often distilled from barley or rice), and took up smoking at age 70. He claimed to have begun his career in 1872, goading draft animals at a sugar mill, and retired as a sugarcane farmer in 1970 at the claimed age of 105. He attributed his long life to "the Gods, Buddha and the Sun".
After a brief hospitalization, Izumi died of pneumonia at 21:15 Japan Standard Time (JST) on February 21, 1986. Izumi was the longest holder of the "oldest living person" title. He is also one of only two people (the other being Jeanne Calment) verified to have lived past a 120th birthday, although subsequent research has cast doubt on the verification. In April 1987, 14 months after Izumi's death, the Department of Epidemiology at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology reported that research into Izumi's family registration records indicated Izumi died at the age of 105.
The oldest undisputed case of male longevity is that of Christian Mortensen (1882–1998), who died at the age of 115 years and 252 days. The oldest Japanese man ever whose age is undisputed, was Yukichi Chuganji (1889-2003) who lived to be 114 years and 189 days.
After his death, Mamie Eva Keith became the world's oldest person.
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