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Misao Okawa
大川 ミサヲ
Born March 5, 1898
Tenma, Osaka
Died April 1, 2015
(117 years, 27 days)
Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Cause of death Heart failure
Known for
  • Oldest verified living woman (January 12, 2013-April 1, 2015)
  • Oldest verified living person June 12, 2013-April 1, 2015)
  • Oldest verified Asian person
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, March 5, 1898 – April 1, 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 June 12, 2013 until her own death on April 1, 2015. She was the world's oldest living woman since the death of 115-year-old Japanese woman Koto Okubo on January 12, 2013. Until April 1, 2015, she was the oldest verified Asian person ever, the 5th verified person to reach the age of 117, the 5th oldest verified person ever, the oldest person born in the 1890's and the oldest verified person to have lived in three centuries.


Okawa was born on March 5, 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 February 27, 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.

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

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