Nabi Tajima, 'World's Oldest Person', Dies Aged 117 In Japan

Nabi at 117

Tajima, born August 4, 1900, was the last known person born from the 19thcentury.

Tajima, who became the oldest woman in Japan in September 2015, could have been the oldest person in the world since Violet Brown of Jamaica died in September 2017 at age 117, Japanese media said.

An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 pm.

Japan, known for the longevity of its people, has been home to several oldest title holders, including Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 at the age of 116. Having survived multiple generations, she reportedly had over 160 descendants, which even extended to great-great-great-grandchildren.

Since Brown's death, Guinness World Records has been investigating who is the oldest person in the world and was yet to recognise Tajima as such. At the time, Tajima became a local celebrity because of the news, as video of her was shown on Japanese television, with her even moving her hands along to the music.

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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.

Guinness World Information licensed 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of northern Japan because the world's oldest man earlier this month, and was planning to acknowledge Tajima because the world's oldest individual.

Nabi is now the third oldest person in recorded history. Yoshida will be turning 117 years-old in 10 days.

Calment, born on February 21, 1875, was 122 years, 164 days old when she died on August 4, 1997 in Alres, France.

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