The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako has died. A resident of Yokohama, Chiyo died on Sunday. She was born on May 2, 1901, and became the country’s oldest person after Nabi Tajima of Kikai Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in April.
The late record breaker, who was 117 years 81 days, has been described by her family as a ‘chatty goddess’ who was kind and patient, and loved calligraphy, eating sushi and eels. Her family described her as a patient and kind person who brought happiness to those who met her.
Chiyo’s husband, Shoji, worked for Japanese National Railways, which meant that she had the chance to travel. Chiyo’s record was confirmed following an extensive research and evidence review process by Robert Young, Guinness World Records’ senior consultant for gerontology and the co-director for the Gerontology Research Group.
Chiyo Miyako’s death makes Fukuoka resident Kane Tanaka, 115, the oldest living person in Japan. Tanaka, born on Jan. 2, 1903, lives at a nursing home and is in good health. She occasionally plays the board game Othello and takes walks in the facility’s hallways, according to the Fukuoka Municipal Government.