The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Chiyo Miyako died on 29 July 2018, the prefectural government of Kanagawa, her home state south of Tokyo, confirmed on 27 July 2018. Miyako, born on May 2, 1901, became the world’s oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima from the Kikai island in southern Japan died at age 117.
Miyako’s family said they called her “the goddess” and remembered her as a chatty person who was patient and kind to others, according to Guinness World Records that certified her title. Miyako enjoyed calligraphy, which she had practiced until recently, and loved eating sushi and eel, Guinness said. Guinness said the successor to her world record is yet to be confirmed.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said that 115-year-old Kane Tanaka of Fukuoka, southern Japan, is the new oldest person. The world’s oldest man, Masazo Nonaka of Hokkaido in northern Japan, celebrated his 113rd birthday 25 July 2018.