Today, on April 19, 1897 (明治30年) (Japan):
How old do you think is old? 30? 40? 50? How about 116 years?
Mr. Kimura (really Kinjiro Miyake 三宅金治郎) was born in 1897 and lived until 2012. No doubt you had seen or heard him in the news, as he holds the record for being the oldest (verified) living man, oldest (verified) living person, and first (verified) to reach 116.
Born in a fishing village, with 5 other brothers and sisters. He was smart, graduating second in his class from high school. He earned his living by being a postal worker within Japan, a government employee in Japanese Korea, and returning to farming when he retired.
He saw four emperors rule, and the change over 61 Prime Minister. No doubt, he was a wealth of knowledge.
He passed away on June 12, 2013. If only we could have shared in knowledge before his passing. This is definitely a man we should aspire to try to be.
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