Japanese woman, 114, named world's oldest woman

  • AP, Osaka
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  • Updated: Feb 27, 2013 23:28 IST

A 114-year-old Japanese woman, the daughter of a kimono maker, was formally recognised on Wednesday as the world's oldest woman.

Misao Okawa said she was "very happy" to receive the recognition and a certificate from Guinness World Records. After a meal of her favourite mackerel sushi, Okawa nodded off as she sat in her wheelchair, her three-month-old great grandson, Hibiki Okawa, at her side.

But she woke up to speak to a reporter. Asked for her secret for longevity, she said it was to "watch out for one's health."

The recognition by Guinness World Records was a nice gift for Okawa, who will mark her 115th birthday next week. According to the Gerontology Research Institute, which verifies age information for Guinness, she was born March 5, 1898.


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