World's oldest person dies in Japan aged 117

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

She reportedly had greater than 160 descendants, together with great-great-great grandchildren.

The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 pm. She was hospitalized since January.

Tajima, born on August 4, 1900, was the final recognized individual born within the 19th century. Her city of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's 4 primary islands.

ABC points out that her death comes three days after Jamaican Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, who claimed he was 121 years old, but could not prove his age with a valid ID or birth certificate. Video demonstrated on Western tv demonstrated Tajima shifting her hands played classic devices to mark the achievement.

Tajima's passing makes Japanese woman Chiyo Miyako the world's oldest living person, and she is due to turn 117 on May 1.

Guinness World Records certified 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of northern Japan as the world's oldest man earlier this month, and was planning to recognize Tajima as the world's oldest person.

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