Thursday, 2 April 2015

World's oldest person Misao Okawa's secret to long life revealed

World's oldest person Misao Okawa, born March 5 1898, finally died of heart failure a few weeks after her 117th birthday.

Before she died she revealed the secret ton her long life when she spoke with The Japan Times, she said: "Eating delicious things is a key to my longevity.
"These included ramen noodles and beef stew, as well as hashed beef and rice mackerel sushi."

She also was elated to receive a small slice of cake to celebrate her birthday.

When asked how she felt about the past 117 years as she accepted a bouquet of flowers on her birthday, she replied: "It seemed rather short."

According to Tomohiro Okada, an official at her nursing home, Okawa's relatives and the staff of the home where around her when she died.

She has 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

But right now, an American woman is now the oldest person in the world.

Japan is said to have over 58,000 centenarians, according to the government, which is more than any other country in the world. And around 87% of Japan's centenarians are women.

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