Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old
wife, Miyako, have been confirmed as the oldest living spouses
by aggregate age by Guinness World Records, having been married
since October 1937.
"I am so glad. It's thanks to my patience, really," said Miyako
with a laugh, posing with Masao and other family members in
front of a framed certificate at the nursing home where they
"I am so grateful that it brings me tears," she told Reuters.
The Matsumotos never managed to have a wedding as Japan was
heading into war and Masao was sent overseas as a soldier, but
that was no obstacle to having a big family - including a 25th
great-grandchild who was born last month.
"They've entered the last chapter of their life. It was a honor
(for them) to receive this award. I would love them to continue
living a peaceful life," said daughter Hiromi.
Japanese have among the longest life expectancies in the world,
with data from Japan's health ministry showing they rank No.2 on
average at around 84, just a smidgeon behind people from Hong
The record for oldest married couple ever by aggregate age still
belongs to Norwegians Karl and Gurdren Dolven, who had a
combined age of 210 years, 1 month and 34 days when Gurdrun died
in 2004, according to Guinness World Records.
(This version of the story has been refiled to fix byline.)
(Writing by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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