World’s oldest woman turns 115


The world’s oldest living woman, as recognized by Guinness World Records, turned 115 Tuesday in Osaka.

Misao Okawa, born in 1898, received flowers and her favorite food — vinegar-pickled mackerel — from staff at the nursing home where she lives. “Thank you, everyone,” she said. “This is a big bouquet of flowers.”

Okawa has never suffered any major health problems. Guinness last week recognized her as the oldest living woman in the world.

Japan is also home to the world’s oldest living person, Jiroemon Kimura, 115, who was born on April 19, 1897.