Japanese sisters just become the world’s oldest living twins
The oldest living identical twins in the world have been certified by Guinness World Records, and we need to know what their secret is to such a long life!
Aged 107 years and 330 days, the ladies won the record which coincided with Respect for the Aged Day, a public holiday in Japan.
Sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born on Shodoshima Island in western Japan on November 5, 1913, as the third and fourth of 11 siblings.
The sisters on September 1 broke the previous record of 107 years and 175 days set by famous Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie, Guinness World Records Ltd said in a statement.
About 29% of Japan’s 125 million people are 65 or older, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
About 86,510 of them are 100 years old – half of which turned 100 this year.
Sumiyama and Kodama were separated after finishing elementary school, when Kodama was sent to work as a housekeeper in Oita on the southern main island of Japan, Kyushu.
She later married there while Sumiyama stayed on the island they had grown up on and had her own family.
The sisters later remembered their difficult youth.
Growing up, they said they were bullied because of the stigma against multiple birth children in Japan.
Busy with their own lives for decades, the sisters rarely met until the age of 70, when they began making pilgrimages together to some of the 88 temples in Shikoku and enjoyed reconnecting.
Their families told Guinness World Records that the sisters often joked about surviving the early record-holders, affectionately known as “Kin-san, Gin-san,” who achieved idol status at the time. late 1990s for their age and humor.
Due to the anti-coronavirus measures, the certificates of their new record were mailed to the separate retirement homes where they now live, and Sumiyama accepted hers with tears of happiness, according to Guinness.
© AP 2021
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