Fusa Tacumi, the oldest person in Japan and probably the second oldest person in the world, died today at the age of 116. The Kyodo agency reported on this with reference to representatives of the city of Kashiwara in Osaka Prefecture, where the woman lived. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living person is the Spanish Maria Branyasová, who is also 116 years old and was born a few weeks earlier than the Japanese woman.
Born on April 25, 1907, Tacumi had recently spent most of her time in bed at a nursing home in Kashiwara, where she often greeted local staff, the facility said.
Tacumi became Japan’s oldest living person last April after the death of a 119-year-old woman in Fukuoka, Japan’s health ministry said.
As of this January, the oldest living person is Maria Branyasová, who was born on March 4, 1907, according to the Guinness Book of Records. In January, the French religious sister André died at the age of 118. The record for the longest living person is still held by another French woman, Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.