Misao Okawa on her 116th birthday
|Birth:||5 March 1898|
Tenma-Ku, Osaka, Japan
|Death:||1 April 2015|
Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Japan
|Age:||117 years, 27 days|
Misao Okawa (née Aoki; 5 March 1898 – 1 April 2015), also romanized as Misawo Okawa, was a Japanese supercentenarian who is the fourth-oldest verified person ever from Japan and Asia and also was the oldest living person in the world from the death of the 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura, who was also the oldest verified man ever, until her own death on 1 April 2015. She was the oldest ever person from Japan until 1 September 2017 when her age was surpassed by Nabi Tajima.
After her death, Gertrude Weaver (also born 1898) became the oldest living person, though only for five days. She was also the oldest living woman after the death of Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013 until her own death. She is the 10th-oldest verified person on record.
She married her husband Yukio, who ran his own business in Kobe, in 1919 and had three children, two daughters and a son. As of February 2013, only one of her daughters, Shizuyo (age 97), and her son Hiroshi (age 99), were still alive. Her husband died on 20 June 1931 at age 36. In 2000, she broke her leg at the age of 102. But she said that she was doing leg squats. She was able to walk until she was 110, after which she needed a wheelchair to prevent her from falling over.
|Japan's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • T • E)|
Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue Utagawa • Suekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Denzo Ishizaki • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi Tajima • Chiyo Miyako • Kane Tanaka
|Japan's Oldest Living Woman Titleholders (V • E)|
Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Isa Nakayama • Man Ichikawa • Koume Hirakawa • Matsu Yoshikuni • Koharu Kodaira • Oto Michii • Toka Miyata • Momu Okuma • Ine Tsugawa • Seki Takehara • Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue Utagawa • Suekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Koto Okubo • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi Tajima • Chiyo Miyako • Kane Tanaka