World's oldest woman turns 115

Tokyo, Mar 5 (EFE).- The world's oldest woman, Japan's Misao Okawa, had her 115th birthday Tuesday in her native Osaka, one week after she obtained official recognition by Guinness World Records for her longevity.

Okawa was given a bouquet of flowers, a fruitcake and a scarf by employees at the home where she lives, and was served her favorite meal, mackerel sushi and noodle soup, the Kyodo news agency said.

The elderly woman, born in 1898 and who in her long life had three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, expressed her thanks for the thoughtfulness and cried, "What a big bouquet of flowers!"

Okawa boasts that she has never suffered a serious illness and said that the secret of longevity is eating healthy food.

On Feb. 27 she took over the record of the world's longest-lived woman following the death in January at age 115 of another Japanese woman, Koto Okubo.

The very oldest person right now in Japan, a country with one of the longest life expectancies in the world, is Jiroemon Kimura, a resident of Kyoto, also age 115.