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

22 April 2018

Nabi Tajima died of previous age in a hospital Saturday night within the city of Kikai in southern Japan, city official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed.

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. "In January, she became weaker, so she was taken to a local hospital", Mr Yoshiyuki told AFP.

Born on November 29, 1899, Morano was the last known person to die who was born in the 19th century.

Since Ms Brown's death, Guinness World Records has been investigating who is the oldest person in the world and was yet to recognise Ms Tajima as such.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world's oldest person in its records at 116. She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Video demonstrated on Western tv demonstrated Tajima shifting her hands played classic devices to mark the achievement.

The town where Tajima resided is a small island with around 7,000 residents located halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. She just passed up Lucy Hannah, who was 117 years, 248 days old at the time of her passing.

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