Nabi Tajima, world’s ‘oldest person’, dies age 117

April 23, 2018

Nabi Tajima, from Japan, who born in 1900, died from old age at a hospital on her native southwestern island of Kikaijima, Kyodo news agency said. She was 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.

The organisation recognized a 112-year-old Japanese man, Masazo Nonaka, as the world’s oldest man earlier this month.

In Japan, the number of centenarians totaled 67,824 last year, government data shows, up sharply from 153 in 1963.

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