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Misao Okawa is World's Oldest Living Person

Updated on January 24, 2015
Misao Okawa, born March 5, 1898, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Misao Okawa, born March 5, 1898, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Misao Okawa

According to Wikipedia, Misao Okawa is a Japanese supercentenarian who is, at the age of 116 years, 324 days, the world's oldest living person, holding the title after the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on June 12, 2013

Birthplace, family, celebrity status

Born on March 5, 1898 to a family of kimono merchants in Tenma, Osaka, Japan, Okawa become the 20th oldest person in recorded history to reach her 115th birthday. She married her late husband Yukio Okawa in 1919 and had 3 children, 4 grand children, and 6 great-grandchildren. She attained celebrity status as the world's oldest living person in the world after the death of Jiroemon Kimura on June 12, 2013, and recognition by the Guinness Book of Records for possessing authentic birth documents.

Jiroemon Kimura

Jiroemon Kimura, likewise a Japanese holds the title after the passing on December 17, 2012 of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, an Italian immigrant to Iowa, USA, of an unknown infection.

Secret to longevity

Turning 116 on March 5, 2014, Okawa bared her secret to longevity. Interviewed by The Telegraph, she said she observed plenty of rest and ate healthy foods. She said 8 hours nightly is devoted to good sleep, with an occasional half-hour catnapping after lunch time. Rest and relaxation are vital she said. She consumed enough of her main diet of sushi, rice and wine sauce. She still observes three balanced meals a day.

Happiest and saddest moments

Mrs Okawa considers her wedding and the birth of her 3 children the happiest moments of her life. Her surviving son and daughter are now 94 and 92.

Her husband's death is the saddest moment of her life.

Okawa has remained active well into old age - at 102 she was observed performing leg squats.

Okawa stays in a nursing home for the past 18 years.

True reason

In Japan, supercentenarian isn't a rarity. Many Japanese have lived up to the age of 100. At the moment, 282 Japanese have already reached 110 years, according to official record.

According to, the real story why most Japanese attain ripe age of 100 up is the "care that is granted to the elders in Japan. They receive good medical care, are encouraged to be as active as possible, are householders and have a healthy diet based on fish, rice, vegetables and fruits."



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