The oldest person in the world. At the age of 117, officials died in their home country in Japan On Friday

Chiyo Miyako, known to her family members as "The Goddess," died Sunday, officials in Kanagawa Prefecture south of Tokyo said [19659006] Guinness World Records has confirmed that she is the oldest person in the world. Her successor is not yet announced by Guinness, but according to media reports, Kane Tanaka, a 115-year-old woman living in a nursing home in Fukuoka, a city in southern Japan, is the new oldest person.

Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said that Tanaka is now the oldest person in the country.

Miyako, born on May 2, 1901, became the oldest person in the world in April after Nabi Tajima, a Japanese compatriot from southern Kikai Island, died at the age of 117.

Miyako's family said she was a talkative person who was patient and friendly to others and loved delicious food, with sushi and eels being the favorites Guinness World Records [19659006] She began to learn calligraphy as a child and practiced it until recently. She also had the opportunity to travel because her husband, Shoji, worked for Japanese Railways, Guinness said.

Masazo Nonaka, the world's oldest man, celebrated his 113th birthday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Wednesday.

Jeanne Louise Calment from France holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest person of all time. Born in 1875, she was 122 when she died in 1997.

Japanese women have the world's highest life expectancy of 87, while men's life expectancy is in the top 10 in the world, according to the World Health Organization. The reasons are factors such as the traditional Japanese diet and good health care.

According to a 2016 National Center for Health Statistics report, the average age for women in America is 81.1 years and for men 76.1 years. 19659017] Post: The Associated Press

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