Supercentenarian who became the verified oldest living person by the Gerontology Research Group in the world in July 2018 upon the death of Chiyo Miyako. She was validated as the world's oldest living person at age 115.
She worked selling rice cakes during World War II in Japan.
She visited the United States frequently during the 1970s. She was profiled in Newsweek and USA Today as the world's oldest person in July 2018.
Her husband Hideo and son both died during the course of World War II.
At one point, she was only behind Jeanne Calment as the oldest person to ever live.