World’s oldest person just died at age of 117

The oldest person in the world was a Japanese woman, she just died at 117.

After being hospitalized since January, Nabi Tajima died Saturday evening in the town of of Kikai in southern Japan.

Nabi Tajima was born on August 4, 1900. She was the last known person born in the 19th century.

She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren.

Note that the oldest person ever whose age has been verified is Jeanne Calment of France, who died at the age of 122 years, 164 days.

Tajima became the world’s oldest person after the death in September of Violet Brown of Jamaica, also at the age of 117.

Guinness World Records had been conducting research with a view to certifying Tajima as the oldest person alive after the previous record holder, Violet Brown of Jamaica, died last year at 117, Kyodo said.

When Tajima was born, an isolated and feudal Japan was ruled by Emperor Meiji. Suffrage was limited; women in Japan only got the right to vote when she was around 45 years old.

Tajima’s secret to longevity was “eating delicious things and sleeping well,” the group said. She danced with her hands at the sound of a samisen, a traditional three-string instrument.

Masazo Nonaka, a 112-year-old man in Japan, was recognized as the oldest man living by the Guinness World Records on April 10.

Chiyo Miyako, also in Japan, has become the world’s oldest person, according to the group.

At 116 years and 355 days, she has about nine months to reach her countrywoman’s mark of 117 years and 260 days.

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