TOKYO—Guinness World Records has certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins at age 107, in an announcement in honor of Older’s Day, a national holiday in Japan, on Monday.
Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born on November 5, 1913, on the island of Shodoshima, western Japan, as the third and fourth of 11 siblings.
They separated after elementary school, when Kodama was sent to work as a maid in Oita on Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island. He later married there, while Sumiyama lived on the island where he grew up and had a family of his own.
The sisters later recalled their difficult younger days. Growing up, he said he was bullied in Japan because of his prejudice against multiple births.
Engaged in their lives for decades, the sisters rarely met until they were 70, when they began making pilgrimages to some of the 88 Shikoku shrines and enjoyed being reunited.
Guinness World Records Ltd said in a statement that Sumiyama and Kodama were 107 years and 300 days old as of September 1, breaking the previous record set by famous Japanese sisters Kin Narita and Jin Kani at 107 years and 175 days.
Their families told Guinness that the sisters often mocked the earlier record-holders, affectionately known as “Kin-san, Jin-san”, for both their age and humor in the late 1990s. Received idol-like status.
Japan, the world’s fastest-aging country, has about 29 percent of its population of 125 million people aged 65 or older, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. About 86,510 of them date back to the century—half of which turned 100 this year.
Due to anti-coronavirus measures, his certificates of record were sent to different nursing homes where he now lives, and Sumiyama accepted him with tears of joy, according to Guinness.
by Mari Yamaguchio
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times