Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Japanese - likely oldest person in world - dies at 117

Japanese - likely oldest person in world - dies at 117

Nabi Tajima, the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 117.

"Ms Tajima was living at a nursing centre for the elderly", Susumu Yoshiyuki, a local health official, told AFP.

USA -based Gerontology Research Group recognized Tajima as the world's oldest person last September after the death of Violet Brown of Jamaica at the age of 117, according to the group's website.

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Tajima was born on 4 August, 1900.

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

Nabi Tajima died in a hospital in Kikai, Japan, after being hospitalized since January, according to The Associated Press. He passed away after falling out of a bed.

She raised seven sons and two daughters, and as of 2017 had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great-grandchildren, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Video footage aired on Japanese television showed Ms Tajima moving her hands to the rhythm of music played on traditional Japanese instruments at a ceremony celebrating the achievement. She is 116 years old. Mrs Miyako lives south of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, and is due to turn 117 in 10 days.

Born in 1896, Jaramillo lost his birth certificate in a house fire 20 years ago and as a result has never been recognized for his age by Guinness World Records.

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