Japanese woman, 114, named world’s oldest

Updated 28 February 2013
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Japanese woman, 114, named world’s oldest

TOKYO: A 114-year-old Japanese woman was recognized yesterday as the world’s oldest female, making the Asian nation home to the longest-living woman and man on the planet.
Misao Okawa, a descendant of kimono merchants in the city Osaka, said she was “very happy” at receiving the honor — and a certificate to prove her longevity — from Guinness World Records.
“I’m happy. I’m feeling good anyway,” Okawa, sitting in a wheelchair surrounded by relatives, told media as she closes in on her 115th birthday.
Okawa was born on March 5, 1898 and married in 1919. She had three children, two of whom — a son and a daughter — are still alive and in their 90s, Japanese media reported.
The centenarian, who has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, reportedly never had any major health problems but broke her leg at a comparatively young 102 years old.
Her certificate was issued after a 115-year-old Japanese woman, who became the world’s oldest female in December, passed away in January near Tokyo. She claimed the title after the death of an American woman also aged 115.
The world’s oldest living person is a 115-year-old Japanese man who lives in Kyoto, not far from Okawa’s hometown in the western part of the country, which has long been known for the longevity of its citizens.


Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

Updated 21 May 2018
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Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

DUBAI: A shocking video has been released on social media of a man who jumps from the roof of a car into the path of an articulated lorry in what appears to be a death defying stunt.
Without any consideration for the safety for himself or other motorists, the man can be seen dancing on the car which is parked on the side of the road, in the background the vast lorry can be seen approaching.
At the last moment the man is seen jumping onto the floor causing the lorry to swerve violently to avoid hitting him.
The man has now been arrested by the General Directorate of Traffic – according to UAE daily Gulf News – on charges of endangering the lives of other road users.