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Misao Okawa: World's oldest woman is 114


Misao Okawa, with her 2-month-old great-grandson Hibiki by her side, was named the world's oldest woman at 114.



Misao Okawa, the daughter of a Japanese kimono maker, was formally recognized on Wednesday as the world's oldest woman at 114.

Okawa, who was born March 5, 1898 and now lives in Osaka, received a certificate from Guinness World Records acknowledging her title, reported Reuters.

"Given everything, it's pretty good," she told a gathering at the nursing home where she lives, after having her favorite meal of mackerel sushi.

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Okawa said the recognition was a nice gift for her 115th birthday, which she will be celebrating next week, according to the Associated Press. When asked what her secret was, she said it was to "watch out for one's health."

Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and the couple had two daughters and a son, reported TODAY News. After her husband died, she moved back to her hometown of Osaka, where she still lives with her family nearby. She has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her son, Hiroshi, who is now 90, is not so sure he'll be as long living as his mother.

"On my father's side, there are some who lived long and some who don't — like my father who died at 36 — so I doubt I'll live as long," he said.