Japanese Hana Satō (1914-Present) Validated as Supercentenarian
Japanese Hana Satō (1914-Present) Validated as Supercentenarian
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American Florilla Ames (1911-2011) Validated as Supercentenarian
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American Elsie Martin (1910-2022) Validated as Supercentenarian
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BIOGRAPHY

Misao Okawa was born to a kimono maker on 5 March 1898, in Tenma-Ku (now Kita-ku), Osaka, Japan. Before getting married, she helped with her family’s clothing business.

She and her husband Yukio, who ran his own business in Kobe, got married in 1919. They had three children; two daughters, and a son. As of February 2013, only one of her daughters, Shizuyo (aged 97), and her son Hiroshi (aged 99) were still alive. Her husband died on 20 June 1931 at the age of 36. Following the death of her husband, Okawa moved back to Osaka with her three children.

In 2000, she broke her leg at the age of 102. But she said that she still was doing leg squats. She was able to walk until the age of 110, after which she needed a wheelchair to prevent her from falling over.

Okawa died in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Japan, on 1 April 2015 at the age of 117 years and 27 days. After her death, Gertrude Weaver (also born 1898) became the oldest living person, though only for five days.

RECOGNITION

Okawa is the fourth-oldest validated person ever from Japan and was also the oldest living person in the world from the death of 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura until her death on 1 April 2015. She was also the oldest person ever from Japan until 1 September 2017, when her age was surpassed by Nabi Tajima. She currently ranks as the oldest validated person ever from Osaka Prefecture, the fourth-oldest Japanese person ever (behind Kane Tanaka, Tajima, and Chiyo Miyako), and the 10th-oldest person on record. She was also the oldest living woman after the death of Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013 until her death over two years later. She was also the last surviving Japanese person born in the 1800s.

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