Misao Okawa sometimes romanized as Misawo Okawa, born 5 March 1898) is a Japanese supercentenarian who is, at the age of 115 years, 136 days as on 19 july 2013, the worlds oldest living person since the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 12 June 2013.
She has been the worlds oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013. She is the third oldest verified Japanese person ever, the 30th verified person to reach the age of 115, the 20th oldest verified person ever, and the last verified living person born in 1898.
Born on 5th March 1898 in Tenma, Osaka, Misao-san married in 1919; her husband, Yukio, ran his own business in Kobe and together they had three children – two daughters and a son. After the passing of her husband, she moved back to Osaka where she still resides, and remains in good health surrounded by her children, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
On 27 February 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.
she also has a facebook page dedicated to her
As well holding the Guinness World Records title for oldest woman, Misao Okawa (now also the worlds oldest living person)also belongs to an elite group – The supercentenarians. To qualify for membership to this exclusive club, there is just one criterion: being at least 110 years old. Reaching this age is an exceptional achievement, especially given the average life span for women in Japan is just under 85.9 years; outliving the national average by nearly 30 years is an remarkable feat.
Although America is the country with the most centenarians (people aged 100 or over) in the world, there are an estimated 51,376 of them in Japan, with a staggering 44,842 of those being women. Additionally, Japan is home to Jiroemon Kimura, who holds three Guinness World Records titles – Oldest Living Male, Oldest Male, Oldest Living Person – and was 115 years, 316 days old before his death on 12th june. Both Misao and Jiroemon have lived across three centuries, which have seen immense social and technological advances including the advent of motor vehicles, flight, mobile telephones, social networking sites and 6 UK Monarchs, 4 Emperors of Japan and 20 US Presidents.
Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 51,000, according to the government. More than 87 percent of them are women.