By: Steve Dellar | 04-22-2018 | News
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Japan – World’s Oldest Person Dies Aged 117

Ms. Nabi Tajima died in a hospital in the Japanese town of Kikai (which lies in the Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, which in turn is the southernmost of Japan's four main islands) this Saturday evening, after having spent the last four months in care.

Given that Japan loses an estimated 1,000 citizens more than there are new ones born per day, this would not make world news usually, were it not for the fact that Ms Tajima was with 117 years old the oldest person in the world.

She was born on August 4th, 1900, still during the Meiji era in Japan, just before the war with Russia.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Japanese woman Nabi Tajima, who is believed to have more than 160 descendants in her lifetime, has died aged 117.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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By the time of her death, she has some 160 descendants and lived to see Japan become a modern nation and go through two world wars.

According to the US Gerontology Research Group, another Japanese woman named Chiyo Miyako, is set to take her place as the world’s oldest soon when the Tokyo resident turns 117 in 10 days from now.

Japan now has the highest proportion of elderly citizens and serves as a futuristic example of what Germany and France in Europe will soon look like as their populations also start to decline and age. In Japan, after the post-war baby boom, there was easier access to abortions leading to a period of extremely low-fertility as more couples chose to either have children at a later age or not to have children at all. Many couples in Europe as from the 1970s and 1980s decided to follow a similar path.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">R.I.P. Nabi TAJIMA (1900-2018), Japanese supercentenarian. She was also the oldest recorded Japanese and Asian person in history and the world&#39;s third oldest person ever to be validated by modern standards. She was the last living person to have been born in the 19th century. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; InMemoriam (@In_Memoriam) <a href="">April 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Furthermore, due to its particular dietary tendencies and excellent healthcare, Japan has seen its life expectancy grow to some of the highest in the world, leaving it with a great number of centenarians.


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Anonymous No. 23798 2018-04-22 : 12:14

Stop and think of the things this once living history book saw and experienced over the last 117 years.

Since she was an early teen … a few examples:

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