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Oldest person in the world dies at 117 in Japan

By Carla White

The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, has died.

She was born on May 2 1901 and became the world's oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima, from the Kikai island in southern Japan, died aged 117.

Her family called her "the goddess" and remembered her as a chatty person who was patient and kind to others, according to Guinness World Records, which had certified her title.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said 115-year-old Kane Tanaka, of Fukuoka, is now the country's oldest person.

The world's oldest man, Masazo Nonaka, of Hokkaido in northern Japan, celebrated his 113th birthday on Wednesday.

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