Oldest Person in the World Dies in Japan at Age of 117

The oldest person in the world has died in southern Japan. He died at the age of 117 years old.

On Saturday, an official from the town of Kikai says that Nabi Tajima died in a hospital shortly before 8 in the evening. She was said to have been hospitalized since January of this year.

Tajima was born on August 4, 1900. Reportedly, she had more than 160 descendants which include numerous great-great-great-grandchildren. Her hometown of Kikai is in the area of Kagoshima on Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan.

She was declared as the oldest person in the world seven months ago following the death of Violet Brown who was from Jamaica. Brown also died at the age of 117 years old.

The Gerontology Research Group that is based in the United States of America says that Chiyo Yoshida, another woman from Japan, is now the oldest person in the world based on its records. She is currently 116 years old.