Japanese Native Becomes Oldest Woman in the World

Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan turned 117-years-old on March 5th, making her the oldest woman in the world.

ABC News spoke with the Guinness World Records staff who reported that Okawa told them her longevity is due to eating sushi and getting enough sleep. Okawa eats three large meals a day and sleeps eight hours a night,Guinness  said, adding the nursing home manager,where Okawa resides, said her favorite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice.

“Reaching this age is an exceptional achievement, especially given the average life span for women in Japan is just under 85.9 years,” Guinness World Records said.

“Misao has lived across three centuries,” Guinness World Records added, “which have seen immense social and technological advances including the advent of motor vehicles, flight, mobile telephones, social networking sites and six UK monarchs, four emperors of Japan and 20 US presidents.”

Okawa married her husband Yukio in 1919, and they had two daughters and one son. She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.

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