Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person who celebrated her 117th birthday just last month, has passed away. She died of heart failure at her nursing home in Osaka, Japan, surrounded by her relatives and the facility’s staff. Okawa is survived by her four grand-children and six great-grandchildren. When asked about the secret to her longevity at her last birthday celebration, she simply answered, “I wonder about that too,” and said that her life had seemed “rather short.” No country in the world has more centenarians than Japan (about 58,000) and the vast majority, 87 percent, are women. The oldest person alive now is an American woman from Arkansas, Gertrude Weaver, who is 116 years old.
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