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Japanese woman, 114, is world's oldest

27 February 2013, 15:11

Tokyo - A 114-year-old Japanese woman born the same year that radium was discovered was recognised as the world's oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday.

Misao Ookawa, who was born to a clothing merchant in 1898 and now lives in the western city of Osaka, received a certificate acknowledging her status and said she was pleased.

"Given everything, it's pretty good," she told a gathering at the nursing home where she resides.

Ookawa, who according to Japanese media has never had a major illness in her life, married in 1919 and has three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The award came as an early birthday present.

She turns 115 next week on 5 March.

Japan has more than 50 000 centenarians, according to government data released last year, reinforcing its reputation for longevity.

The world's oldest man is also Japanese - Jiroemon Kimura, aged 115.

- Reuters

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