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Posted: 8/13/2007 6:19:12 PM EDT
World's oldest person dies in Japan at 114: report

Mon Aug 13, 10:16 AM ET

TOKYO (AFP) - The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman who counted eating well and getting rest as her hobbies, died Monday at age 114, a news report said.


Yone Minagawa, a widow who lived in a nursing home but was still sprightly late in life, died "of old age" Monday evening, Kyodo News reported.

There was no immediate answer to a telephone call placed to city hall in her town in southern Fukuoka prefecture.

Born on January 4, 1893, Minagawa was already in her 50s when Japan surrendered in World War II.

She had been certified as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of World Records after Emma Faust Tillman, the daughter of freed American slaves, died in January.

Despite her advanced age, Minagawa was said to enjoy eating sweets and counted eating well and getting a good night's sleep as the secrets of her longevity.

Her nursing home said Minagawa had celebrated becoming the world's oldest person earlier this year with a Western-style lunch of bread, stew, salad and a dessert.

Japanese women are the world's oldest living people, in what experts attribute to a traditionally healthy diet and high standard of medical care.

Their life expectancy was a record 85.81 years in 2006, according to the government.

Japanese men are the world's second oldest with a life expectancy of 78.8 second only to men in Iceland who on average live to be 79.4.

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Yone Minagawa receives the certificate identified as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of World Records at Fukuchi town in Fukuoka Prefecture (State), southwestern Japan in July, 2007. Minagawa died at a nursing home in southwestern Japan, a home official said Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. She was 114. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:05:23 PM EDT
[#1]
btt
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:06:50 PM EDT
[#2]
Wow, the things she must have seen in her lifetime.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:23:35 PM EDT
[#3]
"worlds oldest person" is a fast changing title.

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:27:52 PM EDT
[#4]
If I were a commercial printer, and someone came in to order business cards that said "World's Oldest Person," I'd get payment up front.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:28:18 PM EDT
[#5]
No One Here Gets Out Alive
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:28:59 PM EDT
[#6]
What did she die of?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:29:43 PM EDT
[#7]

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What did she die of?


Everything
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:31:38 PM EDT
[#8]

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What did she die of?


Everything


Come on, I can't avoid everything.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:32:45 PM EDT
[#9]

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What did she die of?
It was ... soap ... ... ... poisoning.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:34:32 PM EDT
[#10]
on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:38:22 PM EDT
[#11]
Wow, simple math says she was 52 in 1945.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:42:12 PM EDT
[#12]
Actually the oldest person in the world now is also 114 years old and she lives in Indiana....
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:42:53 PM EDT
[#13]

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What did she die of?


Everything


Come on, I can't avoid everything.


I'm reminded of an episode of the Simpsons where Mr. Burns was diagnosed
of having every disease known...  but that the diseases were fighting each other
and in a state of equilibrium.  

I would have to imagine that at her age, she might not be much different.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:46:40 PM EDT
[#14]
It was bound to happen...
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:56:47 PM EDT
[#15]
When you get a certificate for being the worlds oldest person-you know who is coming to visit you next...
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:00:47 PM EDT
[#16]

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Wow, simple math says she was 52 in 1945.


Could you imagine watching WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, GW1 and finally GW2 in your lifetime.....
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:03:41 PM EDT
[#17]

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When you get a certificate for being the worlds oldest person-you know who is coming to visit you next...


Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:08:16 PM EDT
[#18]

Minagawa, who enjoyed good food and a bit of alcohol, died Monday at a nursing home in Japan's southwestern Fukuoka prefecture.


...
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:18:43 PM EDT
[#19]

Quoted:

Quoted:
What did she die of?
It was ... soap ... ... ... poisoning.


Great movie!
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:29:53 PM EDT
[#20]
i find it interesting that a LOT of these old duffers enjoy a glass of booze every day.

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:38:46 PM EDT
[#21]
They always do. I forsee it.
On another note: I will never be "The world's oldest person".
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:45:27 PM EDT
[#22]
When did Nancy Pelosi die?
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 1:41:12 AM EDT
[#23]
IBTFIHI
( In Before The First I'd Hit It )
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:32:53 AM EDT
[#24]

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What did she die of?


She drowned at a bukkake party.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 5:52:00 AM EDT
[#25]

Quoted:

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What did she die of?


She drowned at a bukkake party.




Those wacky Japanese!
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:47:42 AM EDT
[#26]

Quoted:
What did she die of?

RIF Poobinator



Yone Minagawa, a widow who lived in a nursing home but was still sprightly late in life, died "of old age" Monday evening, Kyodo News reported.
 Natural causes methinks.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:54:23 AM EDT
[#27]

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No One Here Gets Out Alive


Yeah but I'm gonna try real hard.
I might even kick the reaper in the nuts.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:55:20 AM EDT
[#28]

Quoted:

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Wow, simple math says she was 52 in 1945.


Could you imagine watching WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, GW1 and finally GW2 in your lifetime.....


She would have been 4 or 5 during the Spanish-American War.

Luck
Alac
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 7:58:32 AM EDT
[#29]

Quoted:

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Wow, simple math says she was 52 in 1945.


Could you imagine watching WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, GW1 and finally GW2 in your lifetime.....


She would have been 4 or 5 during the Spanish-American War.

Luck
Alac


For a Japanese person in the late 1800's the Spanish-American war might as well been on another planet. Many Japanese pesants in the countryside probably never heard of it until it was over, and even then likely very little.

She would, however, remember the Russo-Japanese War
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