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Misao Okawa
File:Misao Okawa.jpg Misao Okawa.jpg
Okawa in 2013
Native name大川 ミサヲ
Born(1898-03-05)5 March 1898
Tenma (present-day Kita-ku), Osaka, Japan
💀Died(2015-04-01)1 April 2015
(aged 117 years, 27 days)
Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Japan(2015-04-01)1 April 2015
(aged 117 years, 27 days)
🏳️ Nationality
Other names
💼 Occupation

💵 Salary :
Known forOldest living person
(12 June 2013 – 1 April 2015)
👩 Spouse(s)Yukio Okawa (m. 1919–1931; his death)
👶 Children3 (2 living)

Misao Okawa (大川 ミサヲ, Ōkawa Misao, sometimes romanized as Misawo Okawa; 5 March 1898 – 1 April 2015)[1] was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person from the death of Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 12 June 2013 until her own death on 1 April 2015.[2]


Okawa was born on 5 March 1898, the fourth daughter of a draper in the Tenma district (present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka. From 1997, she lived at a nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.[1] She married Yukio Okawa in 1919 and had three children (two daughters and one son), of whom her son, Hiroshi, and daughter Shizuyo survived her.[3] Her husband died on 20 June 1931 at age 36.[4] She had four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.[3][5] She was able to walk until she was 110, when she began using a wheelchair to prevent falls. She could, however, propel herself using her wheelchair.[3]


Okawa was the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013.[6] On 27 February 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.[5]

Okawa said that sushi and sleep were the reasons why she lived so long.[7] On her 117th birthday, she said that her life seemed short. When asked about the secret of her longevity, she replied, jokingly, "I wonder about that too."[8]


Okawa died at her nursing home residence in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Japan, at 6:58 am, on 1 April 2015[1][9] after suffering heart failure.[10] At the time of her death, Okawa was the fifth-oldest verified person ever recorded.[11] Following the death of Okawa, American woman Gertrude Weaver became the world's oldest living person until her own death five days later.[12]

Since the death of Okawa, An Anonymous woman who was born on 15 March 1900 and lived in Tokyo became Japan's oldest living person.[13] Okawa was the last verified living Japanese person born in the 1800s.[14]

See also[edit]

  • List of the verified oldest people
  • List of the verified oldest women
  • List of Japanese supercentenarians
  • Longevity
  • Oldest people


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 世界最高齢大川ミサヲさん死去=117歳、老衰で-大阪 [Misao Osawa, world's oldest person, dies of old age in Osaka at 117]. Jiji.com (in Japanese). Japan: Jiji Press. April 1, 2015. Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. "Jiroemon Kimura, Oldest Man in Recorded History, Dies at 116". Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. Guinness World Records 2014. Guinness World Records. p. 59. ISBN 978-1908843357. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Japan names world's oldest woman". USA Today. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  6. Ryall, Julian (January 14, 2013). "Oldest woman in the world dies". The Telegraph. Tokyo: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  7. "World's oldest person Misao Okawa reveals sushi and sleep are the secrets to long life". news.com.au. March 4, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  8. McCurry, Justin (March 5, 2015). "Life seems short, says world's oldest person at 117". The Guardian. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  9. Okawa profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed April 1, 2015.
  10. Tanya Lewis, [1], Live Science, April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015
  11. "Misao Okawa, World's Oldest Person, Dead At 117". Huffingtonpost. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  12. Izadi, Elahe (April 6, 2015). "Gertrude Weaver dies just five days after becoming the world's oldest person". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  13. "国内最高齢の115歳女性が死去" [Oldest person in Japan has died at 115]. NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). 28 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 24 April 2018. (in Japanese)
  14. 100歳以上生きる「一世紀人」が激増中! - 日経Bizアカデミー (in Japanese) Retrieved December 26, 2016.

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