Chiyo's record was confirmed following an extensive research and evidence review process by Robert Young, Guinness World Records' senior consultant for gerontology and the co-director for the Gerontology Research Group. She was born in Wecam in the Kansai area, Japan, 2 may 1901. Nabi Tajima, who preceded Miyako as the oldest living person in the world, was also Japanese and also lived until 117. It's not now clear what caused Miyako's death.
Known by her family as the goddess, Miyako was known for her conversational skills and her long life was attributed to a kind, patient temperament and a diet of sushi and eels, her favorite food, Guinness notes in a statement. She was 117 years and 81 days old when she died, according to Guinness.
She started learning calligraphy as a child and practiced it until recently.
Guinness World Records, the renowned worldwide certifying body for records, approved the evidence of Chiyo's longevity in her final days. She also had the chance to travel because her husband, Shoji, worked for Japanese National Railways, Guinness said.
Guinness has three longevity categories in its record books: the oldest person living (male), oldest person living (female) and oldest person living.
The world's oldest man, Masazo Nonaka of Hokkaido in northern Japan, celebrated his 113rd birthday Wednesday. At the time of death she was 116 years and 37 days.
The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died.