Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Guinness World's Oldest Living Person, Misao Okawa Dies at 117

Osaka, Japan - The super centenarian Japanese woman whom recognized by the Guinness as the world's oldest living person died at the age of 117 early Wednesday morning  at her nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka of natural cause, Japan Times said.

Misao Okawa is the verified oldest Japanese person ever since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on January 12, 2013. According to Wikipedia, Okawa is  the oldest person ever born in Asia, and the fifth oldest verified person ever recorded.

She married Yukio Okawa in 1919 and had three children (two daughters and one son), of whom her son, Hiroshi, and daughter Shizuyo survived her.Her husband died on June 20, 1931.She had total of four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Okawa said that sushi and sleep were the reasons why she lived so long.On her 117th birthday, she said that her life seemed short. When asked about the secret of her longevity, she replied, jokingly, "I wonder about that too.

Meanwhile following Okawa's death, Gertrude Weaver an African woman now holds the records of the oldest living person in the world at the age of 116.

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