Guinness certifies Jan’s 107-year-old siblings as the world’s oldest twins

Guinness certifies Jan’s 107-year-old siblings as the world’s oldest twins


Guinness World Records has certified two Janese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins. The twins are 107 years and 330 days old.

The announcement coincided with the Day of Respect for Age, which is a national holiday in January.

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Guinness World Records has certified two Janese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins. The twins are 107 years and 330 days old.

The announcement coincided with the Day of Respect for Age, which is a national holiday in January.

The sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born on November 5, 1913, the third and fourth of eleven siblings on the island of Shodoshima in western January.

On September 1, the sisters broke the previous record of 107 years and 175 days previously set by the famous Janese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.

Jan is the fastest aging nation in the world. About 29 percent of the population of 125 million as of January are 65 years or older. About 86,510 of them are centenarians – half of them turned 100 this year.

Sumiyama and Kodama were separated after finishing elementary school when Kodama was sent as a maid to Oita on Jan’s main southern island of Kyushu. She later married there while Sumiyama stayed on the island where she grew up and had her own family.

The sisters later recalled their difficult young days. Growing up, they said they were victims of bullying due to prejudice against children of multiple births in January.

The sisters, who had been preoccupied with their own lives for decades, rarely met until they turned 70 when they began making pilgrimages together to some of the 88 Shikoku temples and enjoying being connected again.

Their families told Guinness World Records that the sisters often joked that they outlived the previous record holders, affectionately known as “Kin-san, Gin-san,” and in the late 1990s because of both their age and humor attained idol status.

Due to anti-coronavirus measures, the certificates for their new record were sent to the separate nursing homes they now live in, and Sumiyama accepted theirs with tears of joy, according to Guinness.

(With contributions from agencies)

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