Now Tokyo's 'Oldest' Woman Is Missing

Authorities check up on elderly after 'oldest' man found to have died 30 years ago
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 4:23 AM CDT
The Japanese government says over 40,000 citizens are aged 100 or over, although it's been doing some double-checking lately.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

(Newser) – Authorities in Tokyo are having trouble keeping track of their oldest citizens. Officials who went to check on the city's oldest woman discovered that she hadn't been seen in decades. Fusa Furuya would be 113 if she's still alive, but her daughter told local authorities that she hasn't seen her mother since 1986, the BBC reports. The city started checking up on very elderly people after learning that the person listed as Tokyo's oldest man had been dead for 30 years. Click here for more on that story.

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