The World's Oldest Person Dies In Japan At Age 117

The World's Oldest Person Dies In Japan At Age 117

The great-great-great grandmother officially regarded as the world's oldest person has died in Japan at the age of 117.

Susumu Yoshiyuki told to AFp, "Ms Tajima was living at a nursing centre for the elderly".

Tajima claimed the distinction in September, when fellow 117-year-old Violet Brown died in Jamaica.

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"She died there (on Saturday) due to her advanced age".

She died of old age, after having been hospitalized since January, as the third oldest person ever to have lived, according to modern standards of evaluation.

"She passed away as if falling asleep".

Her legacy is similarly expansive; she had nine children and 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren, the Gerontology Research Group said.

Video footage aired on Japanese television showed Ms Tajima moving her hands to the rhythm of music played on traditional Japanese instruments at a ceremony celebrating the achievement. "As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her 'rest well, '" said Tajima's 65-year-old grandson Hiroyuki.

Chiyo Miyako, another Japanese woman, is now the oldest living person.

Japan's Masazo Nonaka, at 112 years and 271 days old, was confirmed to be the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records this month. Japan has also had universal health care since 1961. Nabi Tajima was listed in the Guinness Book of records as the oldest woman on the planet from September 2017.

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