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Japan's oldest man dies at 109

Date Posted: 2004-05-27

The oldest man in Japan, Kameni Nakamura, has died at an Okinawa Prefecture hospital. He was 109 years and 7 months old. Death early Thursday was attributed to advanced age.

A funeral will be held tomorrow at his home in the Okinawa Prefecture village of Chinen.

Nakamura was born in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 3, 1894, and grew sugar cane as a farmer. After retiring, he entered a nursing home for the aged when he was 103 years old. Nursing home officials say that until recently, Nakamura clearly responded to conversation stimulated by employees.

Nakamura became the nation's oldest man after Yukichi Chuganji of Fukuoka Prefecture, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest man, died last September at the age of 114.

Following Nakamura's death, Minsho Ozawa, who lives in Yamanashi, has become Japan's oldest man, also at the age of 109 years and 7 months old.

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