Sadayoshi Tanabe
Sadayoshi Tanabe
Sadayoshi Tanabe at the age of 76.
Birth: 20 October 1888
Tottori, Japan
Death: 18 January 2000
Kanagawa, Japan
Age: 111 years, 90 days
Country: JapanJPN
Validated

Sadayoshi Tanabe (Kyūjitai: 田邊 定義; Shinjitai: 田辺 定義) (20 October 1888 - 18 January 2000) was a Japanese academic, bibliographer, and validated supercentenarian who was the oldest living man in Japan at the time of his death.

Biography and Career

He was born in Nichinan, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.[1][2] Tanabe started his career as a municipal worker for the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture. He later worked at the Tokyo Institute of Municipal Research (東京市政調査会 Tōkyō Shisei Chōsakai), for which he later became secretary.[2][3] Tanabe helped establish an exchange program with the University of Michigan, the Center for Japanese Studies, founded in Okayama Prefecture in 1950.[4] Tanabe, after a long career in municipal government, recorded an extensive oral history with interviewer Suruki Akagi in 1971. Tanabe related his experiences in the local governance of Japan, which spanned much of the Shōwa period (1926 - 1989).[5]

Status as supercentenarian

Tanabe was also a supercentenarian and Japan's oldest living man, and was thought to be the world's oldest validated man at the time of his death,[6] having reached age 111, although John Painter has since been validated as being a month older, meaning that Tanabe was the second oldest living man at the time of his death.

References

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  3. Yamagiwa, Joseph K. (1959). Japanese literature of the Shōwa period: a guide to Japanese reference and research materials. University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Bibliographical series. 8. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. p. viii. LCCN 59062962. OCLC 577505. 
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  5. Tanabe, Sadayoshi (1971). Naiseishi Kenkyūkai, ed. 田辺定義氏談話速記錄 [A Record of Discussions with Sadayoshi Tanabe]. Naiseishi kenkyū shiryō (in Japanese). 90-92. Tokyo: Naiseishi Kenkyūkai. OCLC 122841235. 
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Japan's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Ikumatsu Matsuura • Masakichi Kai • Goro Usuyama • Shizuo Jinjiang • Kokuzo Iwate • Eisaku Takada • Hisaharu Arai • Chojiro Goto • Yozotaro Yoshikawa • Masutaro Sato • Takataro Hiragushi • Mataichi Ono • Shotaro Tanaka • Rinzo Shimizu • Koji Onishi • Inasaku Abe • Mokotaru Osada • Eiju Tsuru • Kiichi Fujiwara • Nisaburo Matsuyama • Shimetaro Hara • Gihei Oka • Gengan Tonaki • Denzo Ishizaki • Sadayoshi Tanabe • Yukichi Chuganji • Kameni Nakamura • Minsho Ozawa • Totaro Murakami • Kohachi Shigetaka • Nijiro Tokuda • Tomoji Tanabe • Jiroemon Kimura • Jokichi Ikarashi • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Masamitsu Yoshida • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeIssaku TomoeShojiro ShiraiMotoi FukunishiMikizo Ueda

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