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107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Japan is fast becoming a wispy white haired race

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Congratulations to the two ladies.

I imagine the competition isn’t too stiff. Also, if the second oldest twins were Japanese, I’m sure AP (and JT) would have told us.

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Growing up, they said they were targets of bullying because of prejudice against children of multiple births in Japan.

Bullying due to being twins, having curly hair, light-colored hair, light-colored eyes, being left-handed, having an uncle 3 generations before you caught stealing a radish, etc. Sounds like a bunch of morons in the olden days here.

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Congratulatuons to the twins! Both have lived amazing lives, and seen off numerous wars and Emperors. They must have had an excellent diet of probably strictly traditional Japanese foods to have lived so long. Would be nice for this story to describe their daily diet.

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NOMINATION....

Bullying due to being twins, having curly hair, light-colored hair, light-colored eyes, being left-handed, having an uncle 3 generations before you caught stealing a radish, etc. Sounds like a bunch of morons in the olden days here.

Things have changed too much...

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Anybody remembers Gin and Kin?

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Congratulations! The stories they must have and to have seen the world change throughout the years must be truly beautiful.

The probability of this is just astronomical.

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The sisters later recalled their difficult younger days. Growing up, they said they were targets of bullying because of prejudice against children of multiple births in Japan.

Even at 107 years old, they speak about being bullied.

That's how deep persecution goes.

A century of life can't erase it.

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so it seems like they live in different nursing homes - hoping they can reunite soon! Congrats ladies!

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Good to see our taxes arent going to waste...

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Congratulations!” on reaching the remarkable milestone.

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Cheering ‘ALL things Japanese’ is ‘something’ @Fighto! 8:52 but … ‘indentured servitude’ shouldn’t be one of them. - This story doesn’t read like life was ‘fair’ to everyone in the family. Especially, seperating ‘one’ of “twins” from the other. (Maybe to stop the aforementioned bullying of the twins,

or, more than likely,…

to ‘get a little extra income’ for such a large family.

Where was that idealistic image of the former Japan in that scenario, especially for girls, at that time?

- “Sumiyama and Kodama were separated after finishing elementary school, when Kodama was sent to work as a maid in Oita on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu. She later married there, while Sumiyama remained on the island they grew up on and had her own family.”

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How was this version of “Sophie’s Choice” made by the parents? - 2 of 11 siblings and one is ‘hire out’ after elementary school and sent away from the family to work as a maid ??.

- That’s more of a story than their presumed, standard Japanese diets of limited meat proteins & fish, accompanied by portions of rice & vegetables:

*- @Fighto! 8:52am: “…the twins! Both have lived amazing lives [?], and seen numerous wars [??] and Emperors. They must have had an excellent diet of probably strictly traditional Japanese foods to have lived so long. Would be nice for this story to describe their daily diet.” -*

Considering their significantly different lives, how about the debate of “nature vs nurture”? - One twin does look significantly more ‘healthy****’ than the other, in these photos. (Disclaimer: Not a doctor.)

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Also, if the second oldest twins were Japanese, I’m sure AP (and JT) would have told us.

As indeed they did. The article states clearly that the sisters broke the previous record of 107 years and 175 days set by famous Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.

The stories they must have and to have seen the world change throughout the years must be truly beautiful.

WWI, Spanish flu, the Great Depression, the Sino-Japanese war, WWII, American occupation….also outliving their husbands and possibly their children too.

Amazing, fascinating, yes. Truly beautiful…I’m not so sure.

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Beautiful and wonderful. A great achievement.

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Cleo,

I meant the second oldest living twins.

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Just want to have great legs when I am done.

Congrats twins

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I meant the second oldest living twins.

I see. But I don't think Guinness do seconds, do they?

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I wonder what do they do for fun!

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