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World`s oldest woman turns 115 in Japan

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 17:02

Tokyo: Misao Okawa, the world`s oldest woman celebrated her 115th birthday today in a Japanese nursing home, receiving flowers and relishing her favourite mackerel sushi dish.

Okawa from western Japanese city of Osaka, received flowers and her favourite food - vinegar-pickled mackerel - from staff at the nursery home where she lives.
"Thank you, everyone. This is a big bouquet of flowers," she was quoted as saying by Kyodo News agency.

Last week, Okawa was recognised as the oldest living woman in the world by Guinness World Records.

Okawa, the daughter of a kimono merchant, was born in 1898 and married in 1919. She had three children, two of whom - a son and a daughter - are still alive and in their 90s.

Okawa, who has never suffered any health problems, usually spends her time relaxing in a dining room and moving around the hall in a wheelchair.

Japan is also home to the world`s oldest living person, a 115-year-old man named Jiroemon Kimura. He will turn 116 next month.


First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 17:02

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