107-Year-Old Japanese sisters Certified as World’s Oldest Twins

Guinness World Records has certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins, at the age of 107, in an announcement made on Monday, which coincided with Japan’s national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day.

On November 5, 1913, Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama, the third and fourth of 11 siblings, were born on Shodoshima Island in western Japan.

When Kodama was assigned to work as a maid in Oita, on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, they were separated after elementary school. Sumiyama, on the other hand, stayed on the island where they grew up and had their own family.

Later, the sisters reflected on their terrible youth. They say they were bullied as children due of prejudice in Japan against children of numerous births.

For decades, the sisters were too preoccupied with their own lives to meet until they were 70, when they began conducting pilgrimages together to some of Shikoku’s 88 temples and relished the opportunity to reunite.

According to Guinness World Records Ltd., Sumiyama and Kodama were 107 years and 300 days old as of September 1, beating the previous record of 107 years and 175 days set by famed Japanese sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.

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