Monday, 10 December, 2018

World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

Nabi at 117 Nabi at 117
Ellis Copeland | 22 April, 2018, 13:39

The elderly Tajima was born on August 4, 1990 and reportedly had 9 children with a total of more than 160 descendants including great-great-great-grandchildren.

Nabi Tajima is seen Within This photograph from September 2015.

The world's oldest person, 117-year-old Japanese woman Nabi Tajima, died on Saturday (Apr 21), according to reports citing a Japanese official from her hometown of Kikai. She was hospitalized since January.

Nabi Tajima died at the age of 117 in a hospital on Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. At the time, Tajima became a local celebrity because of the news, as video of her was shown on Japanese television, with her even moving her hands along to the music.

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Ms Tajima was born in 1900.

According to the Gerontology Research Group in the United States, another Japanese women named Chiyo Miyako located in the northern parts of the country is set to become the next world's oldest person when she turns 117 in 10 days.

While Tajima was the oldest living person, Guinness World Records certified Japan's Masazo Nonaka as the world's oldest man earlier this month, who is aged 112 years. Violet Brown was also at the age of 117 and died of dehydration and cardiac arrest five months after being verified as the oldest person living on earth. Her town of Kikai is a small island of about 7,000 people halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.

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