Japan is the home for the oldest man alive and now it also is the country that houses the world's oldest living couple. Masao and Miyako Matsumoto from Japan are declared as the oldest living husband and wife by the Guinness World Records. Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old wife, Miyako Sonoda, tied the knot on October 20, 1937, about 81 years ago. They were crowned with the title of the 'World's oldest living married couple by aggregate age' by the Guinness World Records on July 25, 2018. Their combined age at the time was 208 years and 259 days.
The world record holder couple also has a world-class love story. The Matsumotos have enjoyed a long life together with five daughters, ranging in ages from 66 to 77 years old, 13 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Their family has now expanded to over 60 members as they recently welcomed the 25th great-grandson.
Their marriage has surpassed an impressive milestone of relationships and Miyako gives the credit to patience. Revealing the secret behind their long-lasting healthy relationship, she said it was possible because they chose to stand by each other patiently in every situation and never gave up on each other. However, she said it as not always easy. Masao and Miyako were too poor to afford a proper wedding ceremony and thus got married in a very simple way. Later, Masao was sent to fight World War 2 and fortunately, he managed to come back home safely.
Currently, the pair lives together in a retirement home as their family has spread its branches. Their children come to visit them and they wish their parents live longer together. After receiving the title the couple reportedly said that they feel great to receive recognition at the final stage of their lives.
The Matsumotos are now looking forward to breaking the record and be the 'World's Oldest Couple Ever'. Norwegian couple Karl and Gudrun Dolven have been tagged with the title before Gudrun passed away in April 2004. They have set a record of having a combined age of 210 years and 65 days. Masao and Miyako need about 14 more months to break the record set by the Norwegian couple.