World’s oldest woman turns 116


Misao Okawa.— Photo: AFP

Misao Okawa.— Photo: AFP

The world’s oldest woman celebrated her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles.

Misao Okawa, a descendant of kimono merchants in the city of Osaka, western Japan, received a visit from town mayor Takehiro Ogura earlier this week ahead of her birthday, a nursing home employee said.

Ms Okawa, wearing a pink kimono with a red flower headdress, was presented with a bouquet by the mayor at the facility near her own home. Asked for a comment on this year’s birthday, the centenarian said “It’s quite a long time.”

“She is in good shape, and is even still gaining weight,” the employee said. “She eats sushi, her favourite, and whatever she likes — beef stew, spaghetti, sashimi every day. “She always says the secret to living a long time is to eat a good meal and relax,” he added.

Ms Okawa last year received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming her status as the oldest living woman.

She was born on March 5, 1898 and married in 1919. She has three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, the local media said.

Around a quarter of Japan’s population of 128 million is aged 65 or older. — AFP

 

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