Nakachi at the age of 115 in September 2020
Shigeyo Nakachi [Japanese: 中地シゲヨ] (born 1 February 1905) is a Japanese supercentenarian who is currently the second-oldest living person in Japan, and the fifth-oldest validated person in the world, whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.
Nakachi was born on 1 February 1905 in Saga, Japan, as the second of five siblings. She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, before then becoming a kindergarten teacher, eventually retiring at the age of 62.
Nakachi fractured her femur twice in her 90s, but still lived independently until the age of 103. At the age of 108, she could walk unassisted. Nakachi enjoys hand-dancing. She is almost completely deaf. In December 2018, she recovered from a bout of aspiration pneumonia that left her bedridden and requiring a breathing tube for several days. Nakachi currently lives in Saga City, Saga Prefecture, Japan.
Nakachi has been the oldest living person in Saga Prefecture since the death of 112-year old Nugi Ikeda on 8 June 2016. Following the death of Shin Matsushita on 27 August 2019, she became the second-oldest living person in Japan (behind Kane Tanaka) and the fifth-oldest validated living person in the world.
On 14 February 2020, Nakachi became the oldest person ever documented from Saga Prefecture after breaking the previous record of 115 years, 12 days set by Chiyono Hasegawa. After surpassing the final age of Shimoe Akiyama on 14 October 2020, Nakachi became the seventh-oldest validated person in Japanese history.
Nakachi is one of the top-30 oldest people of all-time whose age has been validated by the GRG.
- GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List
- 佐賀市の最高齢者 １０６歳中地さんを市長が訪問 (deadlink)
- 秀島市長、１１０歳中地さんをお祝い Saga Shimbun, 4 September 2015
- Hand dancing video yumi__11.22 on Instagram, 14 April 2018
- 県内最高齢113歳、中地さん 佐賀市長が表敬訪問 Saga Shimbun, 8 September 2018
- 県内最高齢、市長もお祝い １１４歳の中地さん表敬訪問 Saga Shimbun, 8 September 2019
- 県内最高齢、世界４位の１１５歳中地さん 笑顔の誕生日 Saga Shimbun, 1 February 2020
- 世界第5位 佐賀市長が115歳の県内最高齢者を訪問【佐賀県】 Saga TV, 10 September 2020