Misao Okawa

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Misao Okawa
Native name 大川 ミサヲ
Born March 5, 1898[1]
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Tenma, Osaka
Residence Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Known for
  • Oldest verified living woman since January 12, 2013
  • Oldest verified living person since June 12, 2013
  • Oldest verified Asian person
Spouse Yukio (m. 1919–1931)
Children 3 (2 living)
  • 4 grandchildren
  • 6 great-grandchildren

Misao Okawa (大川 ミサヲ Ōkawa Misao?, sometimes romanized as Misawo Okawa, born March 5, 1898) is a Japanese supercentenarian who is, at &&&&&&&&&&&&0117.&&&&&0117 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 days, the world's oldest living person since the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on June 12, 2013.[2] She has been the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on January 12, 2013.[3] As of 29 March 2015, she is oldest verified Asian person ever, the 5th verified person to reach the age of 117, the 5th oldest verified person ever, the oldest person born in the 1890's and the oldest verified person to have lived in three centuries.

Biography[change | change source]

Okawa was born on March 5, 1898, in the Tenma district (present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka, and now lives at a nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.[4] She married Yukio in 1919, and had three children, two daughters and a son, of whom, as of February 2013, her son and 1 daughter are alive, both over the age of 90.[4] She has 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.[4][5]

Longevity[change | change source]

On February 27, 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday, Misao Okawa was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living woman in the world, and was presented with a certificate at her nursing home in Osaka.[5]

References[change | change source]

Preceded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest recognized living person
June 12, 2013 – present
Succeeded by