Japanese sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living identical twins at 107. They were born on Shodoshima island in western Japan on Nov. 5, 1913. Sumiyama and Kodama were 107 years and 300 days old as of 1 September . “The twins are both sociable and positive and hardly worry about things. Apparently, Umeno is more strong-willed, while Koume is more gentle,” the Guinness World Records statement said.The twins had different lives. Separated after elementary school, they ended up living more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) apart. Busy with their own lives for decades, the sisters rarely met until they turned 70, when they started making pilgrimages together to some of the 88 Shikoku temples. The duo is currently living separately. Due to anti-coronavirus measures, the certificates for their record were mailed to the separate nursing homes where they now live. Earlier, the record was held by another Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie. About 29% of the population of 125 million in Japan, the world’s fastest aging nation, are 65 years or older, according to the health and welfare ministry.
Many age records have been achieved in the country. The oldest male identical twins ever verified by Guinness World Records were Dale and Glen Moyer, from the US, who both reached the age of 105, being born in 1895.