Nabi Tajima, World's Oldest Person Dies in Japan at Age of 117

Nabi Tajima passes away

Nabi Tajima, a 117-year-old Japanese woman died in a hospital on Saturday evening.

Nabi Tajima died yesterday at a hospital on the Japanese island of Kikaijima, according to the Associated Press.

She became the world's oldest person in September following the death of Violet Brown, in Jamaica, at the age of 117.

Tajima had seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, which included great-great-great grandchildren.

Tajima, born on August 4, 1900, has been the final known person born from the 19thcentury.

"She passed away as if falling asleep". Video shown on tv revealed Tajima moving her fingers played at a ceremony to mark the accomplishment. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest person ever recorded in history is Jeanne Louise Calament who lived up to the age of 122 and 164 days.

The Guinness World Records had been conducting surveys to officially recognise Tajima as the world's oldest woman since the death of Violet Brown.

"She can eat by herself and spends every day in good health", her family said in a statement. "We, as her family members, are very happy about her longevity", Miyako's family said in a release. Suffrage was limited; women in Japan only got the right to vote when she was around 45 years old.

112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of northern Japan was certified as the world's oldest man earlier this month.

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