The Guinness World Record certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins. The twins identified as 107 years and 330 days of age, said Guinness World records. Interestingly the announcement came on the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan.
Guinness World Records says Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama, the twin sisters broke the previous record set by another Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.
The new world record holders were born on Shodoshima island in western Japan on Nov. 5, 1913, as the third and fourth of 11 siblings. Japan, is said to be one of the fastest aging nations and around 29% of the population of 125 million in Japan are 65 years or older. According to the health and welfare ministry, about 86,510 of the population has turned 100 this year.
The twin sisters were separated after elementary school and when they started making pilgrimages together, they rarely met until they turned 70. Moreover, Japan has seen a surge of Covid-19 in the country. Due to the protocols, the certificates for their new record were mailed to the separate nursing homes where they now live. Sumiyama accepted hers with tears of happiness, according to Guinness.