World's oldest woman from Japan dies at 114

Yone Minagawa, recognized as the world's oldest living person, died Monday at a hospital in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan, according to news reports. She was 114. The cause was old age.

Minagawa had been a resident of a nursing home in Fukuoka since 2005, when she turned 112. Earlier, she lived alone.

She was certified as the oldest living person on record by Guinness World Records earlier this year after 114-year-old Emma Faust Tillman of East Hartford, Conn., died Jan. 28, 2007 .

At the time Minagawa attributed her long life to sensible eating and plenty of sleep.

Minagawa was born Jan. 4, 1893 , in Fukuoka Prefecture . She married, had five children and was widowed at an early age. She supported her family by selling vegetables and flowers that she cultivated at home.

All but one of her children has died. She is survived by a daughter, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Japan ranks among the nations with the longest life expectancies. Some researchers attribute this to a diet that traditionally has been based on fish and rice, Los Angeles Times reports.

The Japanese have the highest life expectancy of anyone in the world.

Japanese women are the world's oldest living people, and experts believe it is their extremely healthy diet and first-class health care system that helps their longevity.

The oldest Australian on record is Christina Cock, who lived for 114 years and 148 days.

One of Cock's favourite mottos was, "If I'd known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."

She was born in December 1887 and died in March 2002, Independent Online informs.

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