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World's oldest woman celebrates 116th birthday in Japan

Published on Mar 5, 2014 2:31 PM
 
Misao Okawa, the world's oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - The world's oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles.

Ms Misao Okawa, a descendant of kimono merchants in the city of Osaka, western Japan, received a visit from town mayor Takehiro Ogura earlier this week ahead of her birthday, a nursing home employee said.

Wearing a pink kimono with a red flower headdress, Ms Okawa was presented with a bouquet by the mayor at the facility near her own home.

Asked for a comment on this year's birthday, the centenarian said: "It's quite a long time."

 
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