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22nd Apr 2018

The world’s oldest person, Nabi Tajima, has died aged 117

She even had great-great-great grandchildren

Alan Loughnane

At 117, the great-great-great-grandmother was regarded as the world’s oldest person…

The world’s oldest person, Nabi Tajima, has died in hospital.

An official in the southern Japanese town of Kikai in Japan has said Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday night.

Tajima was born on August 4, 1900, and was regarded as the oldest person in the world with reportedly more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren.

She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117. She was due to be officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest woman in the world.

The US-based Gerontology Research Group said another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, was now the world’s oldest person in its records. She is due to turn 117 in 10 days.


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