Oldest Woman Dies Giving Title To First Man In Over Five Years

By Megan Schaefer on January 13, 2013 12:04 PM EST

Oldest Woman Dies, Koto Okubo, Dina Manfredini, Jiroemon Kimura, Oldest Living Person
Oldest Woman Dies; Koto Okubo dies at age 115 giving title to Jiroemon Kimura the first man to receive the title in over five years. Imagine above: Dina Manfredini (Photo: Reuters)

The Oldest Woman dies at 115 years, 19 days old leaving her the 27th oldest person ever. The only thing short lived about Koto Okubo was her title 'World's oldest living person'. Born December 24, 1897, the Japanese woman was attributed this honor for a little less than a month after the death of Dina Manfredini, who was born April 4, 1897 and died December 17, 2012.

Manfredini was a citizen of the United States who held her title for only two weeks after becoming the world's oldest living person.

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Nineteen days after Manfredini's death, Okubo died Saturday in a nursing home in Kawasaki City.

Here are some of Okubo longevity milestones:

September 14, 2012 Okubo was identified and recognized by the GRG as the oldest living woman in Japan.

December 17, 2012 Manfredini died leaving Okubo the oldest living woman in the world in addition to the last known female born in 1897.

December 24, 2012 Okubo became the 29th verified person in history to reach the age of 115.

So who inherited this prestigious title from the late Okubo? Well, his name is Jiroemon Kimura and coincidentally he is also from Japan. The Kyoto resident was born April 19th, 1897. Kimura is a supercentenarian who is exactly 115 years and 269 days old. He is the first man to hold this title since Emiliano Mercado del Toro's death which occurred January 24, 2007.

On December 28, 2012, Kimura had gained the title of longest-lived verifies man in world history. Sorry fellas, looks like women are the ones who are living longer!

I was interested to see which countries had the oldest population and according to a 2004 survey from mapsofworld.com and coming in at number one was Monaco with a percentage of 22.4 citizens who are 65+, following is Italy at 19.3%, then no surprise is Japan at 18.3%, Greece with 18.6%, and Germany coming in at 5th with 17.9%.

According to Wikipedia, the oldest recorded person to ever live was a French woman by the name of Jeanne Calment who was born February 21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days old.

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