Centenarian "Full of Emotions" to See 5th Japan Era Name


Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref., April 24 (Jiji Press)--Ahead of the start of Japan's new era, Reiwa, on May 1, a centenarian in the city of Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, says he is "full of emotions" to see the fifth era name in his lifetime.

Masao Matsumoto, a 108-year-old resident of Takamatsu who was born in 1910 during Japan's Meiji era, served on active duty three times, including in the 1931 Manchurian Incident, which marked the start of Japan's invasion of China, and the subsequent Pacific War of World War II.

"It's great to see a peaceful time. I'm so full of emotions," said the former prisoner of war, expressing hopes for a bright future in the new era that will replace the current Heisei era.

In July last year, Guinness World Records recognized Matsumoto and his wife, Miyako, 101, who was born in Japan's Taisho era, as the oldest living married couple, with a combined age of 208 years and 259 days.

The couple, both from Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, married in 1937, in the Showa era, and raised five daughters.

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