Japan is well known to the rest of the world as the home of all things innovative and sometimes, quirky. Yet today, Japan hits the headlines with a distinction of another kind – home to the oldest surviving person in the whole world. Yone Minagawa, 114 years old, receives this recognition as the other 114-year-old person in the world died. She was Emma Faust Tillman from the U.S.
Minagawa was born in January 4, 1893 and had five children in all. She has outlived all her children. Her 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, however, visit her regularly. Minagawa lives in a nursing home in Fukuchi in southern Japan. When told of the news, she just broke into a huge smile and said “My goodness, I am grateful.”
The nursing home staff says that Minagawa is quite active for her age and never fails to socialize with the people around her. Additionally, she has an amazingly healthy appetite for someone her age and loves sweets as well.
[tags]Women, Seniors, Old Age, southern Japan, Oldest person[/tags]