18.04.23 Oldest Person Dies

April 23, 2018
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World’s Oldest Person Dies

At 117-years-old Nabi Tajima, of southern Japan, passed away over the weekend.

Born in 1900, she says sleep was *one* of the secrets to a long life.

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Tajima became the world’s oldest known person in September.

Her family, which includes more than 160 descendants, said that although she lived in a nursing home for years, she was only recently hospitalized.

Today, the world’s oldest living woman and man are also from Japan: Chiyo Miyako (116) & Masazo Nonaka (112).

Today, 36 people are 110-yrs-old or more worldwide

  • 35 are women
  • 18 are Japanese
  • Six are American (GA, MO, ND, PA, & 2 born in SC)

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WHO Ranking of Countries with Highest-Life Expectancy At Birth

  • Japan: 83.7
  • Switzerland: 83.4
  • Singapore: 83.1
  • Spain: 82.8
  • Italy: 82.7
  • Israel: 82.5
  • USA (79.3) didn’t make top of the list.

Secret to long life?

What's the secret to long life? According to Nonaka (who's still living at 112), it's hot springs & sumo wrestling. Scientist say the key to Japanese longevity is their lifestyle. More Tips:

Manami Inoue, a professor of cancer epidemiology at the University of Tokyo and Project Professor, AXA Department of Health and Human Security, studies the factors that contribute to long life in Japan. In 2016, she told Scientific American:

Genetic factors appear only to play a small role when it comes to life expectancy, and lifestyle seems to be much more important ….

For example, Japanese women live longer thanks to their healthy lifestyle, which includes a better diet a\u0013 especially for those over 50. The Japanese also consume less meat and animal fats than Westerners in general and eat more fish.

Japanese women over 50 also drink much less alcohol than their male folk, and hardly ever smoke, which means that they are half as likely to develop stomach or liver cancers compared to men. Drinking less alcohol also reduces the risk of developing colorectal and breast cancers for women.

by Jenna Lee,