Japan names world's oldest woman

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:14:36 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 09:07:34 AM EST

REUTERS/Kyodo

A Japanese woman has been formally recognized as the world's oldest woman.

114-year-old Misao Okawa was given a certificate of recognition from Guinness World Records, as she is the new record-holder, according to the Associated Press. When asked for her secret for longevity, she said it was to "watch out for one's health."

Okawa's 115th birthday is next week. According to the Gerontology Research Institute, which verifies age information for Guinness, she was born March 5, 1898.

Japan has proven to be the measure of health and longevity in many ways. The world's oldest living person as recognized by Guinness — 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura — also lives in Japan.

Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 51,000, according to the government. More than 87 percent of them are women.

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