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Just a week before her 115th birthday, the oldest person in the world has died on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.Skip related content
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Kama Chinen was born on May 10, 1895, living to see three different centuries, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
She died on Sunday in a care home, although the details of her death have not been released by her family who have closely guarded her privacy.
Okinawa has a reputation for its long-lived residents, put down to the local diet of green tea, miso soup, vegetables, rice and fresh fish.
Kama had been the world's oldest person since September 2009, when 115-year-old Gertrude Baines died in Los Angeles.
The title of oldest human now passes to 114-year-old Frenchwoman Eugenie Blanchard, who was born in February 1896.
Britain's Florence Emily Baldwin from Leeds is now the second oldest person alive - she is also 114.
While she attributes her long life to an egg sandwich every day, experts suspect a life of no drinking, no smoking and hard work has played its part