Justin McCurry “Life seems short, says world's oldest person at 117” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/05/life-short-worlds-oldest-person-misao-okawa-117
The year Misao Okawa was born, Queen Victoria was on the British throne and the Spanish-American war was in its infancy. She married almost a century ago and has been a widow for more than 80 years.
Okawa’s life spans three centuries, which have included six British monarchs, four Japanese emperors and 20 US presidents. She was five when the Wright brothers achieved the first powered flight.
Japan is home to more than 58,000 people aged 100 or over, according to government figures, 87% of whom are women. The country’s elderly population is expected to soar in the coming decades. About a quarter of its 127 million people are 65 or over, and the proportion is expected to grow to about 40% by the middle of the century.
Experts attribute Japan’s longevity statistics to a traditional low-fat diet, affordable healthcare and generous pensions. In 2013, life expectancy for Japanese women was 86.6 years, the highest in the world, and for men it was 80.2 years, the fourth highest, according to the health ministry.
Justin McCurry “World's oldest person celebrates 116th birthday in Japan” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/worlds-oldest-person-116-birthday-japan