A Japanese mayor has hailed a resident of his city for becoming the worlds oldest person.At 115 years old, Jiroemon Kimura inherited the title from an American woman who died Monday.Yasushi Nakayama, the mayor of Kyotango, near Japans ancient capital of Kyoto, confirmed Kimuras status Tuesday, calling him “the pride of our town.”
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TOKYO: Japanese man, 115, becomes worlds oldest person.
Just a week before her 115th birthday, the oldest person in the world has died on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
Kama Chinen passed away at the age of 114 years and 356 days.
Kama Chinen was born on May 10, 1895, living to see three different centuries, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
She died on Sunday in a care home, although the details of her death have not been released by her family who have closely guarded her privacy.
Okinawa has a reputation for its long-lived residents, put down to the local diet of green tea, miso soup, vegetables, rice and fresh fish.
Kama had been the world’s oldest person since September 2009, when 115-year-old Gertrude Baines died in Los Angeles.
The title of oldest human now passes to 114-year-old Frenchwoman Eugenie Blanchard, who was born in February 1896.
Britain’s Florence Emily Baldwin from Leeds is now the second oldest person alive – she is also 114.
While she attributes her long life to an egg sandwich every day, experts suspect a life of no drinking, no smoking and hard work has played its part.
From Fox News.