Date
29 March 2017
Misao Okawa during a celebration of her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Osaka earlier last month. Photo: AFP
Misao Okawa during a celebration of her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Osaka earlier last month. Photo: AFP

Japan’s Okawa, oldest living person, dies at 117

The world’s oldest living person, Japan’s Misao Okawa, died from heart failure on Wednesday, just a few weeks after her 117th birthday.

She died in a nursing home in Osaka, the city where she was born on March 5, 1898, BBC News reported.

She is survived by three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Okawa was recognized in 2013 as the world’s oldest living person, as well as the world’s oldest living woman, by Guinness World Records.

While celebrating her birthday earlier last month, Okawa said the key to a long life was getting at least eight hours of sleep every night.

Her favorite food was sushi, and was very fond of mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice.

Okawa lived in Kobe with her husband until he died in 1931, and then she decided to move back to Osaka.

She lived across three centuries, seeing four emperors of Japan, six British monarchs, and 20 US presidents, according to the news agency.

“Her impressive longevity … is an inspiration and a testament to the Japanese lifestyle,” Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday once said of Okawa.

According to Guinness, the oldest person who has ever lived was Jeanne Calment of France, who died in August 1997 at the age of 122.

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