Nabi Tajima, world's oldest person, dies at 117 years old

Nabi Tajima died aged 117. Source Twitter in memoriam

Nabi Tajima died aged 117. Source Twitter in memoriam

Tajima became the world's oldest person after Jamaica's Violet Brown, who was also 117, died in September previous year.

On Sunday, a local official informed AFP, the world's oldest person Nabi Tajima, 117-year-old Japanese woman died in Japan.

She had been hospitalized since January and had lived in a nursing home for many years before that.

Tajima, according to reports was born on August 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century.

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She became the oldest woman in Japan in September 2015. Video shown on tv revealed Tajima moving her fingers played at a ceremony to mark the accomplishment.

Her record, which she held for just under one year, was verified before her death by Gerontology Research Group, which is a US-based company. Of the 160 descendants are multiple great-great-great grandchildren. Nabi Tajima was listed in the Guinness Book of records as the oldest woman on the planet from September 2017. Her city of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's 4 primary islands.

He was recognised as the country's oldest citizen when he turned 115 but was never recognised as the oldest person alive by Guinness because his birth certificate was destroyed in a fire. Yoshida will be turning 117 years-old in 10 days. Her husband Tominishi died in the 1990s aged 95.

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