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Nabi Tajima

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Nabi Tajima
田島 ナビ
Born(1900-08-04)4 August 1900
Wan Village (currently Kikai Town), Kagoshima, Japan
Died(2018-04-21)21 April 2018
(aged 117 years, 260 days)
Kikai, Kagoshima, Japan
Known forOldest living person in the world (15 September 2017 – 21 April 2018)
Oldest living person in Japan
(27 September 2015 – 21 April 2018)[1]
Oldest person ever in Japan
( 1 September 2017 until September 2020 when Kane Tanaka surpassed her record)
TitleOldest Japanese Person (September 1 2017 - September 2020)
SpouseTominishi Tajima ( b. 1898 died 1991)
Children9 (7 sons and 2 daughters)

Nabi Tajima (田島 ナビ, Tajima Nabi, 4 August 1900 – 21 April 2018)[2][3] was the second-oldest Japanese person ever (behind Kane Tanaka) at the age of 117 years and 260 days. She was also the oldest living person for 7 months.[1] At the time of her death she was the oldest Japanese person ever and the oldest person ever from Asia. She was also the last confirmed person that was alive during the 19th century.[4] She was the last member of the Lost Generation.

Tajima became the oldest living person in Japan in 2015 after the death of an 115-year-old annoymous woman.[1] She became the world's oldest confirmed living person in 2017 upon the death of Violet Brown.[5] Brown was aged 117.

Biography[change | change source]

Tajima was born in Araki in the westernmost part of Kikaijima Island. She lived in Kikai. She had 9 children .[6]

As of September 2011, she had 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren.[7] As of September 2017, she had over 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren.[6]

Tajima died on 21 April 2018 in a Japanese hospital in Kikai, Kagoshima, Japan at the age of 117.[8] It was later confirmed that she had been in hospital since January.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "国内最高齢の115歳女性が死去" [Oldest Person in Japan 115yo Woman Dies- Ultimate Boomer] (in Japanese). 28 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. Schumann, Rebecka (9 June 2014). "Misao Okawa, The World's Oldest Woman, And 39 Other Female Supercentenarians". International Business Times. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  3. Guinness World Records 2015. Guinness World Records. 11 September 2014. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-9088-4370-8.
  4. Kessler, Sarah. "The last surviving human from the 19th century has died". Quartz. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  5. World's oldest woman is dead
  6. 6.0 6.1 "「ナビばあちゃんちばりよー」/喜界町の田島さんに県祝い状" ["Grandma Nabi" - Kikai City holds provincial celebration for Mrs. Tajima] (in Japanese). 16 September 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  7. "広報きかい" [Kikai News] (PDF) (in Japanese). Kikai Town Hall. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. Giappone, morta nonna Nabi Tajima: era la più vecchia del mondo (in Italian)
Preceded by
Violet Brown
Oldest verified living person[broken anchor]
15 September 2017 — 21 April 2018
Succeeded by
Chiyo Miyako