The oldest person in the world died in southern Japan at the age of 117.
An official in the city of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8:00 p.m. She had been hospitalized since January.
Tajima was born on August 4, 1900 and, according to reports, had more than 160 descendants, including grandchildren.
Its city of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan.
She became the oldest person in the world seven months after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
The Gerontological Research Group based in the United States said that one Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the oldest person in the world. In her records she is 116 years old.