- Lifespan: May 28, 1911 –
- Age: 112 years
- Birthplace: Japan
- Last residence: Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Japan
- Validation date: May 16, 2023
- Validation source: MHLW, Japan/Yumi Yamamoto
Shigeko Kagawa was born in Japan on May 28, 1911. In April 2021, she became the oldest Olympic torchbearer ever at age 109 years, 11 months. The previous record holder was Aida Mendes (1909–2020), who was 106 at the time when she participated as a torchbearer in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Kagawa is the second centenarian to attend the Olympic torch relay since it started on March 25. Shitsui Hakoishi, a 104-year-old barber, carried the flame in the rain on March 28, 2021, in Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture. In May 2021, Kagawa celebrated her 110th birthday and became a supercentenarian. In September 2022, she was reported as the oldest living woman in Nara Prefecture. Shigeko Kagawa currently lives in Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, Japan.
The case of Shigeko Kagawa was verified by MHLW, Japan/Yumi Yamamoto, and validated by the GRG on May 16, 2023.
Shigeko Kagawa (aged 109) during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in April 2021.
Shigeko Kagawa on occasion of the 2023 Keiro no hi. (Sept. 2023)
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