Misao Okawa

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Misao Okawa
Native name 大川 ミサヲ
Born (1898-03-05)March 5, 1898
(age 116 years, 297 days)
Tenma, Osaka, Japan
Residence Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Japan
Known for Oldest verified living person, Oldest verified Japanese person ever
Spouse(s) Yukio Okawa (m. 1919–1931; his death)
Children 3 (2 living)
  • 4 grandchildren
  • 6 great-grandchildren

Misao Okawa (大川 ミサヲ Ōkawa Misao?, sometimes romanized as Misawo Okawa; born March 5, 1898)[1] is a Japanese supercentenarian who is, at the age of 116 years, 297 days, the world's oldest living person, holding the title since the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on June 12, 2013.[2]

Okawa is the verified oldest ever Japanese person, the oldest person born in Asia, and the sixth oldest verified person ever. She was the 30th verified person to reach the age of 115 and the 10th verified person to reach the age of 116.

She is the last living Japanese person to have been born in the 1800s.[3]


Okawa was born the fourth daughter of a draper in the Tenma district (present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka. She now lives at a nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.[4]

She married Yukio Okawa in 1919 and had three children, two daughters and one son, of whom her son Hiroshi and one daughter Shizuyo are still alive.[4] Her husband died on June 20, 1931.[5] She has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.[4] When she was 102 she was found doing leg squats "to keep her body in shape".[6] She was able to walk until she was 110, when she began using a wheelchair to prevent falls. She can however, propel herself in her wheelchair.[4]


Okawa has been the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on January 12, 2013.[7] On February 27, 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday, she was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living woman in the world, and was presented with a certificate at her nursing home in Osaka.[6]

Okawa has said that sushi and sleep are the reasons why she has lived so long.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oldest Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jiroemon Kimura, Oldest Man in Recorded History, Dies at 116". Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://bizacademy.nikkei.co.jp/marketing/trend_watch/article.aspx?id=MMAC0y000016062014 100歳以上生きる「一世紀人」が激増中! - 日経Bizアカデミー] (Japanese) Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d これまでの人生振り返り「短いな」世界最高齢女性の大川ミサヲさんが115歳の誕生日 [Birthday of the 115-year-old Misao Okawa's oldest women in the world "short" recalls life so far]. Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan. March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Guinness World Records 2014. Guinness World Records. p. 59. ISBN 978-1908843357. 
  6. ^ a b "Japan names world's oldest woman". USA Today. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ryall, Julian (January 14, 2013). "Oldest woman in the world dies". The Telegraph. Tokyo: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ The secret to a long life? Sushi and sleep, according to the world's oldest woman
Preceded by
Koto Okubo
Oldest recognized verified living woman
January 12, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest verified living person
June 12, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest verified living Japanese
June 12, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tane Ikai
Oldest Japanese person ever
August 28, 2014 – present
Succeeded by