Misao Okawa

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Misao Okawa
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Native name 大川 ミサヲ
Born March 5, 1898[1]
Tenma, Osaka
Died April 1, 2015[2]
(117 years, 27 days)
Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Cause of death Heart failure
Known for
  • Oldest verified living woman (January 12, 2013-April 1, 2015)
  • Oldest verified living person June 12, 2013-April 1, 2015)
  • Oldest verified Asian person
Spouse(s) 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, March 5, 1898 – April 1, 2015) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person since the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on June 12, 2013[3] until her own death on April 1, 2015.[2] She was the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on January 12, 2013 until April 1, 2015.[4] She is the second oldest verified Japanese and Asian person ever.

Biography[change | change source]

Okawa was born on March 5, 1898, in the Tenma district (present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka, and in her latter years lived at a nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.[5] She married Yukio in 1919, and had three children, two of whom were still alive at the time of her death. She also had four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.[6]

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.[7]

References[change | change source]

Preceded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest recognized living person
June 12, 2013 – April 1, 2015
Succeeded by
Gertrude Weaver