Japan’s Nabi Tajima, believed to be the oldest woman died in 118 of her life, Japanese officials said. Taihama, who was born on August 4, 1900, died last night in the hometown of Kikai. It has 160 descendants among which are pra-pra-pra grandchildren.
Nabi Tajima, 117, oldest woman died in a hospital Saturday in Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan’s Kyodo News reported. Tajima had been mostly bedridden at a nursing home in recent years. She was hospitalized about a month ago, family members told the news service.
“She passed away as if falling asleep. As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her ‘rest well,'” Tajima’s 65-year-old grandson Hiroyuki said.
Tajima was born Aug. 4, 1900. The new reigning age champion is another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, according to the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group, whom we trust to provide us with such data. Miyako, 116, was born on May 2, 1901, a date that pushes her into the 20th century.
She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
Ms Tajima’s death comes three days after the death of Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, who claimed he was 121 years old.
Tajima’s town of Kikai is a small island of about 7,000 people halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.
Another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, is now the world’s oldest person, said the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group. Miyako lives in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, and turns 117 on May 2.
“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.”
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