‘World’s oldest person’ dies in Japan at 117

TOKYO – A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the
world’s oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP
Sunday.

Nabi Tajima, who was born August 4, 1900, died around 8:00 pm
Saturday at a hospital on her native Kikai Island in Kagoshima
region, according to Susumu Yoshiyuki, a health and welfare
official.

Tajima, who became the oldest woman in Japan in September 2015,
could have been the oldest person in the world since Violet
Brown of Jamaica died in September 2017 at age 117, Japanese
media said.

Since Brown’s death, Guinness World Records has been
investigating who is the oldest person in the world and was yet
to recognise Tajima as such.

The oldest man in the world is 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of
Japan, the organization announced on April 10.

“Ms Tajima was living at a nursing centre for the elderly. In
January, she became weaker, so she was taken to a local
hospital,” Yoshiyuki told AFP.

“She died there (Saturday) due to her advanced age,” he said.

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and has been
home to several oldest title holders.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the
country, the government said last year.

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