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Misao Okawa
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Birth: 5 March 1898
Tenma-Ku, Osaka
Death: 1 April 2015
Age: 117 years, 27 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN

Misao Okawa (romanized as Misawo Okawa) (née Aoki) (5 March 1898 - 1 April 2015) was a Japanese supercentenarian who is the oldest verified person ever from Japan and Asia and also was the oldest living person in the world from the death of the 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura, who was also the oldest verified man ever, until her own death on 1 April 2015.

After her death, Gertrude Weaver (also born 1898) became the oldest living person, though only for five days. She was also the oldest living woman after the death of Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013 until her own death. She is the 5th-oldest verified person on record.


She married her husband Yukio, who ran his own business in Kobe, in 1919 and had three children, two daughters and a son. As of February 2013, only one of her daughters, Shizuyo (age 94), and her son Hiroshi (age 96), were still alive. Her husband died on 20 June 1931 at age 36. In 2000, she broke her leg at the age of 102. But she said that she was doing leg squats. She was able to walk until she was 110, after which she needed a wheelchair to prevent her from falling over.


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