World's oldest person Nabi Tajima, 117, dies

World's oldest person dies at 117

The world's oldest person has died, aged 117, in Japan.

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The world's oldest person, who has died in Japan aged 117, was born five years before Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese war, marking the start of the modern era in the country.

Tajima was born on August 4, 1900, and was the last known person born at the turn of the 20th century, reports said.

After Tajima became the oldest person on the planet, the hospital held a celebration with the Japanese woman smiling and moving her hands to the music, as seen on Japanese television.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said previous year. He passed away after falling out of a bed. "As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her 'rest well, '" said Tajima's 65-year-old grandson Hiroyuki.

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Her legacy is similarly expansive; she had nine children and 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren, the Gerontology Research Group said.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said a year ago.

Miyako turns 117 on May 2.

Chiyo Miyako, also in Japan, has become the world's oldest person, according to the group.

Guinness World Records certified 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of northern Japan as the world's oldest man earlier this month, and was planning to recognize Tajima as the world's oldest person.

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