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Misao Okawa
大川 ミサヲ
Born 5 March 1898
Tenma, Osaka
Died 1 April 2015
(117 years, 27 days)
Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Cause of death Heart failure
Known for
  • Oldest verified living woman (12 January 2013 – 1 April 2015)
  • Oldest verified living person (12 June 2013 – 1 April 2015)
  • Oldest verified Asian person (28 August 2014 – 31 August 2017)
Spouse(s) Yukio (m. 1919–1931)
Children 3 (2 living)
  • 4 grandchildren
  • 6 great-grandchildren

Misao Okawa (大川 ミサヲ , Ōkawa Misao, sometimes romanized as Misawo Okawa, 5 March 1898 – 1 April 2015) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person since the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 12 June 2013 until her own death on 1 April 2015. She was the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on 12 January 2013 until 1 April 2015. She was the oldest verified Japanese and Asian person ever, until being exceed the record by Nabi Tajima in 2017.


Okawa was born on 5 March 1898, in the Tenma district (present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka, and in her latter years lived at a nursing home in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka. She married Yukio in 1919, and had three children, two of whom were still alive at the time of her death. She also had four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


On 27 February 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday, Misao Okawa was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living woman in the world, and was presented with a certificate at her nursing home in Osaka.

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Preceded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest recognized living person
12 June 2013 – 1 April 2015
Succeeded by
Gertrude Weaver
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