Japanese woman, 114, named world’s oldest woman

Updated 27 February 2013
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Japanese woman, 114, named world’s oldest woman

OSAKA, Japan: A 114-year-old Japanese woman, the daughter of a kimono maker, was formally recognized Wednesday as the world’s oldest woman.
Misao Okawa said Wednesday that she was “very happy” to receive the recognition and a certificate from Guinness World Records.
After a meal of her favorite mackerel sushi, Okawa nodded off as she sat in her wheelchair, her 3-month-old great grandson, Hibiki Okawa, at her side. But she woke up to speak to a reporter.
Asked for her secret for longevity, she said it was to “watch out for one’s health.”
The recognition by Guinness World Records was a nice gift for Okawa, who will mark her 115th birthday next week. According to the Gerontology Research Institute, which verifies age information for Guinness, she was born March 5, 1898.
Okawa lives in a nursing home in Osaka. The manager there, Tomohito Okada, said Okawa eats whatever she likes.
The world’s oldest living person as recognized by Guinness — 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura — also lives in Japan.
Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 51,000, according to the government. More than 87 percent of them are women.
Okawa was married in 1919 to her husband Yukio and had three children — two daughters and a son. She now has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Okawa’s 90-year-old son, Hiroshi, said that though inherited some of his mothers’ genes, he doubted he would manage to match his mother’s longevity.
“On my father’s side, there are some who lived long and some who don’t — like my father who died at 36 — so I doubt I’ll live as long,” he said.


US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

Updated 23 min 18 sec ago
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US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

  • Child's father left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat of his car
  • Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage

MERRILLVILLE, US: A man in the US state of Indiana is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman’s car, police said Thursday.

Menzo Brazier, 21, of Michigan City was charged Thursday with two counts each of criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. He’s being held in the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Merrillville police said Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, told detectives that Brazier was inside a thrift store shopping Tuesday and she stayed outside in the car because she had a headache and was feeling ill.

“Thomas stated that while she was sitting in the driver’s seat she suddenly heard a loud pop like a balloon” and realized she was bleeding, police said in a news release.

A bullet passed through the driver’s seat, Thomas’ upper right chest, and the windshield, police said.

Brazier had left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat, according to police. Detective Sgt. James Bogner said the child “had no idea what she had done and she was very scared.”

The girl has been placed in protective custody along with a 1-year-old boy who also was in the car at the time.

Police said Thomas underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage. They didn’t comment on the condition of her unborn child.